Alberta Thombs

KINGS MOUNTAIN - Alberta Mitchem Thombs, "Mama Bert", 96, of 112 North Oriental Ave., transitioned into Heaven on June 7, 2013, at Kings

Mountain Hospital. She was a resident of Brian Center, Gastonia.

She was born Nov. 27, 1916, in Gaston County, daughter of the late Carrie Webber Mitchem and Neviage Mitchem. She attended Davidson Elementary and graduated from Lincoln Academy. She was a faithful member of Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church, Kings Mountain, until her health began to decline where she served as Deaconess, class leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, kitchen committee, missionary, (life member), lay council, and minister's wives of the Lincolnton District. She was a charter member of Charity Chapter 548 O.E.S. She was also a member of the Golden Hearts.

She is survived by three daughters Sarah T. Adams (Carl) of Cherryville, Annie T. Lindsay (Elmo) of Winston Salem, NC, and Zinnie T. Sanders (Eric) of Gastonia, six sons, Lynwood B. Thombs (Patricia) of Winston Salem, John W. Thombs(Betty) of Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Everette B. Thombs (Helen) of Kings Mountain, NC, Rev. Paul P. Thombs (Virginia) of Rural Hall, the Rev. Albert L. Thombs (Pamela) of Raleigh, NC, and Michael E. Thombs (Linda) of McDonough, Georgia, daughter-in-law Bobbie Thombs of Columbus, Mississipi, sister-in-law Della Thombs of Kings Mountain; 28 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev William Leo Thombs, her sister, Quincy Mitchem Smith, step-brother O. V. Ellis Sr. and her sons, William L. and James C. Thombs Sr.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Central United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain with the Rev. Stellie J. Jackson, retired Pre-siding Elder of the Lincolnton District delivering the eulogy.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m.

Burial will take place at Kelly's Chapel cemetery, Bessemer city.

J.W. Gill and Sons funeral home is assisting the Thombs Family.

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Published in Gaston Gazette on June 14, 2013