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Athlene Hodge Thames

September 26, 1935 January 4, 2016
Athlene Hodge Thames
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Obituary for Athlene Hodge Thames

SUMTER - Mary Athlene Hodge Thames, 80, beloved wife of Frank A. Thames for 62 years departed this earth for her heavenly home on Monday, January 4, 2016, at her home surrounded by all of her loved ones.

Born September 26, 1935, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Harvey P. Hodge and the late Susie Lee Hodge. She was a lifetime member of Providence Baptist Church where she faithfully served her Lord as a Sunday School Teacher for over 60 years. Until her health declined, she was a choir member, GA Leader, CIA Leader, Vacation Bible School Director and teacher, and served on numerous church committees. She was active in the Women’s Missionary Union and was involved in the Partnership Evangelism Program through the International Mission Board. She served as a missionary to Venezuela, Chile and Brazil. She was also known as the community “Soup Lady”, providing her homemade vegetable soup to the shut-ins in her community.

She is survived by her husband Frank of Sumter; a son, Jeffrey Thames (Diane) of Manning; a daughter, Hope Thames Turner (Bob) of Sumter; a son-in-law, Tom Brewer of Manning; a daughter-in-law, Donna Thames of Manning; four grandsons, David Geddings (Jennifer) of Ladson, Tommy Brewer (Shanna) of Bishopville, Chris Geddings (April) of Sumter and Kent Thames (Julia) of Charleston; five great grandchildren, Joseph Buddin, Quinn Brewer, Mary Katherine Geddings, Isabella “Honey” Brewer and Tripp Thames; her brothers, Robert Hodge (Terri) and Rev. Jerry Hodge (Patsy); her sisters, Sarah Geddings and Ann McDonald (Frankie).

She was preceded in death by two children, Joy Thames Brewer and Andy Thames. They were eagerly awaiting her arrival at the pearly gates.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Ernest Koone, Frank Koone, Carl Koone, John William Hodge, Harvey Hodge, Jr, and Jimmie Hodge; and sisters, Gertrude Barbato, Mildred Gardner, Jill Hodge and Jack Hodge.

A Celebration of Athlene’s Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at Providence Baptist Church with the Revs. Wayne McElveen, Tom Vassar, Stacey McDonald, Jerry Hodge and Jim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Members of the Saints Over Sixty Class that Mrs. Thames taught before her health declined.

The family would like to thank Embrace Hospice and Mom’s loving caretakers, Susie Dennis, Nicole Dennis, Kathy Marsh and JoJo Jackson-Brown. With their tender care, Mom’s life with us was extended.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Stephens Funeral Home and at other times at the home of her daughter, Hope Turner, 1860 Hideaway Drive, Sumter.

Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2445 Old Manning Road, Sumter, SC 29150.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

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6:00 PM 1/6/2016 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/6/2016 8:00:00 PM
Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory

304 North Church Street
Manning, South Carolina 29102

And at other times at the home of her daughter, Hope Turner, 1860 Hideaway Drive, Sumter.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory
304 North Church Street Manning 29102 South Carolina
United States





3:00 PM 1/7/2016 3:00:00 PM
Providence Baptist Church

2445 Old Manning Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Providence Baptist Church
2445 Old Manning Road Sumter 29150 SC
United States

Cemetery Details


Providence Baptist Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

2445 Old Manning Road
Sumter, SC 29150

2445 Old Manning Road Sumter 29150 SC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Providence Baptist Church Cemetery Fund

2445 Old Manning Road
Manning, SC 29102

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