Myrtle Thomas, age 102, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at her home in Carthage. 

Born on May 27, 1919, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Stacy and Irene Gaster Thomas.

Myrtle worked for the CDC in Atlanta. 

Myrtle was preceded in death by her siblings: Edwin Thomas, Hazel Thomas Simmons, Wilbur Thomas and Gladys Thomas Marion. 

She is survived by nephews: Eddie Thomas and wife Maria, Jimmy Thomas and wife Charlotte, Luke Marion III and wife Joan, Keith Marion and wife Camie, Scott Marion and wife Debbie; nieces: Sandra Thomas and husband Jeff, Carla Duke and husband Dale, Yvonne Capps and husband Clyde and many cousins. 

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 11 AM at Shallow Well United Church in Broadway with Eddie Thomas officiating. 

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Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Thomas family.

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  1. Aunt Myrtle was a special person. She was one of few women who went to college for a science profession in her time. She worked at the CDC (centers for disease control) in Atlanta for many years working as a medical laboratory technician on the many diseases that have sprang up in the US over the past 30 years. She was an educated and determined individual. Myrtle was loved and will be missed. May God welcome her with open arms and bring her peace. Love you Myrtle.

  2. To the family of Myrtle. I was so sorry to hear of Myrtle’s passing. Debbie (Scott’s wife) and Molly have told me stories of what an amazing woman and trailblazer Myrtle was. May God bless, comfort and bring you peace in the coming days.

    Rachel Grubb Anglin

  3. We have so missed Myrtle at church since she got sick. She was an amazing woman. I would have loved to have heard stories of her early career. She was definitely a trail blazer!
    I have a doctor’s appointment in Raleigh so unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the service, but would love to be there to represent all her friends at the church. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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