Thelma Joyce Bill

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Alpha: 2/16/48 Omega: 9/18/12 The Celebration of Life Services will begin with a visitation on Friday, September 21, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Comeaux-Community Funeral Chapel, located at 624 Irma Ave., and the Mass of Christian Burial for Thelma Joyce Bill, 64, of Beaumont, will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 780 Porter St., in Beaumont, TX. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery in Beaumont, under the professional care and direction of Comeaux-Community Funeral Chapel. The viewing of Thelma's remains will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church, the Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Thelma Joyce received her heavenly wings on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. She was surrounded by her dearest family and friends. Born on February 16, 1948, Thelma Joyce was the one and only child of the late Robert Mae McCrory Leblanc and Anderson McCrory. Thelma accepted Christ as a child and was baptized as an infant at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where she remained faithfully active in many capacities, until her untimely illness. She will be sorely missed by her church family and Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary. Thelma received her primary education at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, graduating from Hebert High School in 1966. She then attended Lamar University where she earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Accounting. She later obtained a Master's of Education in Guidance Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. These educational achievements molded her career as a life-long educator and school counselor within the Beaumont Independent School District, as she served as an instructor of Mathematics and Cheerleader Sponsor at French High School, under the principalship of Mr. Calvin Williams; a Mathematics Teacher, Silver Stepper Sponsor, and JV Cheerleader Sponsor at Central Senior High School under the principalship of Dr. Preston Shaw, Mrs. Sybil Comeaux, and Mr. Thom Campbell-Amons. In addition, she served as Lead Counselor, School Historian, Medical Magnet Coordinator, Medical Magnet Counselor, and National Honor Society Sponsor at Central Medical Magnet High School, under the principalship of Mrs. Patricia A. Lambert. Thelma worked diligently in her final position as Lead Counselor. Not only was Thelma dedicated to her work, she loved and revered her social and civic affiliations, and delighted in serving her community and fellow man. Thelma was a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first Greek-letter organization for women of color, for 35 years. Locally, she was a member of the Alpha Omega Omega Graduate Chapter, where she served as Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary for many terms over the years. Thelma remained true to her life-long commitment as an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman, as she attended many leadership conferences and trainings across the country. She was a Beautiful Pearl, sister, and soror to many, her wisdom and knowledge of finances remains unparalleled. Thelma Joyce also extended her professionalism to her educational affiliations as she was an active and dedicated member to the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, Beaumont Alliance of Black School Educators, Phi Delta Kappa, Incorporated, teacher sorority, and the state and local Teachers Association. Left to cherish her memory is her only daughter and best friend, Neadra Shontae Richard and grand-dog, Sophie of Beaumont, TX; and foster brother, Archie Lee Kelly (Lucy) Austin, TX.; a host of loving family, many friends, colleagues, co-workers, and the many students whose lives she touched.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 21, 2012
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