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In Honor The Celebration The Life Of Lura Thomas

Mrs. Lura Jean Thomas, daughter of the late (father) George Davis and (mother) Olivia Jennings, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at her cherished home in Columbia, Maryland. Mrs. Thomas is preceded in death by her sister Nettie Davis, sister Annie Davis, sister Verona Davis, sister Thelma Pullman, sister Loreen Pullman, sister Willie Jo Pullman, sister Nora Kay Pullman, brother Ed Davis, brother Clarence Davis and brother Woodrow Pullman.

Mrs. Lura Thomas was born in Dadeville, Alabama, on January 12, 1945. She attended Dadeville Alabama Public School System, where she earned her high school diploma. Upon, successfully completing high school. Mrs. Thomas heard about the work opportunities in the Baltimore metropolitan area, and after careful calculations, she packed her bags and traveled by bus from Alabama to Laurel, Maryland. After living with her aunt for a short period of time in Elkridge, Maryland, she had her first marriage with Jerry Smart (who was also from Dadeville, Alabama) and moved to Jessup, MD. Soon after, her first child, Forrest Smart, was born.

Mrs. Thomas obtained a waitressing job in Laurel, Maryland at the White Coffee Pot and the Truck Stop. After her divorce to Jerry Smart, later she met her late husband, Mr. Charles Linnwood Thomas of Washington D.C. at the Truck Stop. Later, she had her second child, Eric Thomas. The family eventually settled in Columbia, Maryland, a town she greatly loved. She often mentioned about how much she loved Columbia, particularly due to it being diverse, peaceful and upscale.

Mrs. Thomas established a domestic cleaning business in Columbia as an independent contractor, and she worked in this field for many years. Mrs. Thomas finally retired in 1999. Upon retiring, she cared for and helped raised her granddaughter, Ms. Destiny Thomas….Her love-Pooh Bear!

Mrs. Lura Thomas enjoyed listening to her blues – especially, BB.King, Johnny Taylor and Bobby Blue Bland! She also enjoyed cooking, reading novels and baking. Most recently, a highlight of her day was watching westerns, Hallmark movies and the Network Food Channel.

Mrs. Lura Thomas leaves to mourn her sons Forrest Smart and Eric Thomas, granddaughter Destiny Thomas, extended Thomas family, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

On behalf of the Thomas and Smart family. We would like to thank everyone for your heartfelt text messages, Facebook messages and phone calls. Offering love and support during our time of sorrow.

Mom – As I write this message. I can’t help from getting emotional. A portion of my heart is empty! You sacrificed a lot for me and I’m forever grateful. You reared me to become the best version of myself. You taught me independence and core values of becoming a man. You will always be in my heart forever and ever. I love and miss you dearly! Eric

To Forrest: I want to thank you for caring for mom when she became sick throughout the years. Your unselfishness and attention to duty is highly regarded. Mom was greatly appreciative of your time and attention to detail. I would just like to say: As a former law enforcement officer for 25 years in Baltimore. I was hailed a hero on many occasions. However, there’s no bigger hero than you! I love you bro! Eric

Destiny-tiny-Grandma, I love you and I will miss you very much! I will forever remember all the great memories we shared together and your pretty smile! I know it will be hard for all of us but you are in our hearts forever and your legacy will live on. Thank you for teaching and nurturing me. I love you! Your Pooh Bear!

Mom – There is no greater sadness I have felt in regards to your passing. Like Eric said, I am emotional too when writing this tribute to you. I miss you more than you know. Thank you for your sacrifices and love in raising your boys to be great gentlemen. Both Eric and I noticed your struggles while growing up. However, you kept pushing through giving us hope and opportunity to be the best we can be. In return, we wanted to make you happy and giving you the best life you deserved. Thank you for showing what Love truly is. It was an Honor and a Blessing to be your Caregiver. I so enjoyed us being a team and I will be forever grateful for the time that we shared. I’m so grateful that you accepted Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Mom – You will always be my heart and soul! I Love and Miss you! Forrest

To Eric: Thank you for being the best brother I can ever have! You were there for Mom and I when we were in need of certain things. I look up to you as a hero as well. We have always looked after each other and had each other backs as well. Mom taught us well! Thank you for being you, bro……I Love you! Forrest


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