Leona Owensby Thomas, 87, of Colonial Heights, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at her residence.
She was born July 14, 1926, in Packolet, S.C., to the late Vance Edward and Vinnie Louise McAbee Owensby. Leona was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harry Lee Thomas Jr., and two sisters, Sara Bennett and Elise Sweigart.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Willmer of Richmond, Brenda Vincent and husband, Buddy, of Chester, Linda Maillard and husband, Mike, of Richmond, Deborah Ballard and husband, Stephen, of Dover, Del.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one new great-great-granddaughter; and a dear sister in Christ, Glenice Archer.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in the Crosslight Assembly of God Church, 27 Seyler Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805, with the Rev. David S. Wiley officiating. Interment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George, Va. The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com