Lucille Mellette Thomas

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Lucille Mellette Thomas
FLORENCE, SC - Lucille Mellette Thomas, 80, died peacefully Saturday morning, January 3, 2015 at the Presbyterian Home Communities. Mrs. Thomas was born on March 2, 1934 to the late Russell and Lucille Mellette in Orangeburg, SC. Her childhood was spent in Aiken, SC. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Converse College in 1955.
In 1955, Mrs. Thomas married Richard I. Thomas and their marriage of fifty-nine years was blessed by the births of two beloved children: a daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Thomas Johnson and a son, Benjamin Richard Thomas (deceased). Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Richard; three granddaughters: Mellette Johnson Chatham (Gabe) of Alpharetta, GA; Sarah Katherine Johnson of Charlotte, NC and Matilee Allison Johnson of Columbia, SC. She is also survived by 4 nephews and 5 nieces from 5 surrounding states. Mrs. Thomas was predeceased by a son, Benjamin Richard Thomas and a brother, Russell Ramsey Mellette, MD of Charleston, SC.
A lovely woman of considerable gifts and talents, Mrs. Thomas served her community unselfishly and graciously. She was a member of the Research Club and the Iris Garden Club of Florence, serving in numerous leadership capacities in both clubs.
Along with her family, Mrs. Thomas' main devotion was to her music and to her church family at First Presbyterian Church in Florence, where she was a devoted member and a tireless worker. She served as moderator of the Women of the Church from 1976-1978; She helped organized "Mothers Morning Out" for the church and participated enthusiastically in the Meals on Wheels program through the Council on Aging. She served on countless committees within the church community and out of recognition of her diligence, her grace, her modesty, and her humility, she was awarded a Lifetime Membership of the Women of the Church in 1982.
To all who knew her, it was easy to recognize that God had blessed Mrs. Thomas with exceptional musical talent. She taught private piano lessons for 48 years; she was the rehearsal accompanist for the Florence Masterworks Choir for 12 years and she was a charter member of the Florence Independent Music Teacher's Association. Her favorite use of her music was for the glory of God. She sang in the Florence First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir for 40 years and played the piano and harpsichord for countless services within the life of the church, both as accompanist and as soloist.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Piano Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 700 Park Avenue, Florence, SC 29501
Belk Funeral Home of Darlington is assisting the Thomas family.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Jan. 10, 2015