Donna Faye Thomas, 69, of St. Marys passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the St. Marys convalescent center following a lengthy battle with cancer.
The daughter of Vivian “Bobbie” Lucille Wise and the late Carnell “City Smitty” Smith Jr., Donna was born in Woodbine on July 1, 1948. Donna graduated from Camden County High School, continuing her education with a nursing degree from Brunswick Junior College in 1974. Donna spent time pursuing her nursing career in Missouri and Oklahoma, returning to St. Marys in 2003. Donna utilized her nursing skills to compassionately care for patients throughout the community through various agencies over the years.
Donna enjoyed an avid interest in history, reading and research. Her inquisitive nature led her to be a stranger to no one. Donna was known to strike up conversations with anyone she came upon, sharing a smile and always succeeding in finding a common interest to chat about. Her care and compassion for her fellow man will be sorely missed by many.
Donna was preceded in death by her father, Carnell “City Smitty” Smith Sr., and her brother, Carnell Smith Jr., both of St. Marys.
She is survived by her mother, Vivian “Bobbie” Lucille Wise of St. Marys; her sister, Edith Lynn (Tony) Panzone of St. Marys; her son, Chad (Heather) Jones of St. Marys; three grandchildren, Chad Gregory Cartwright of North Carolina, Audrey Jones of St. Marys and Savannah Jones of St. Marys; and six nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Wade) Sweat of St. Marys, Joshua Smith of Jacksonville, Fla., Joylynn Smith of Jacksonville, Fla., Breanna Smith of Kingsland, Christena Panzone of Brunswick and Maghan Panzone Jacobs of Browntown.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Allison Memorial Chapel funeral home in St. Marys. Burial will immediately follow the services at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys. The family will welcome friends for reflection and fellowship from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at the chapel.
Allison memorial Chapel and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.