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Catherine K. Thomas, 78

December 10, 2008

MARCH 12, 1930-DEC. 9, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Catherine King Thomas, 78, of 411 Cedar Street, Chambersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at her home.

Born March 12, 1930, in Columbus, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Robert King Sr. and Ida Mae Cutts King Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Thomas, on Oct. 12, 1990.

She was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Chambersburg.

She was a member of the NAACP.

A full-time mother, she raised 14 children while also doing factory work outside the home.

She is survived by 12 children, Benjamin Thomas Jr., Jerome Thomas, Carmerlita Noel, Hester Thomas, Betty Thomas, Sheila Haggins, Anthony Thomas and Douglas Thomas, all of Chambersburg, Larry Thomas of Gettysburg, Pa., Sonny Thomas of Greensburg, Pa., Johnny Thomas of Harrisburg, Pa., and Frankie Thomas of White Deer, Pa.; three sisters, Mary King of Biglerville, Pa., Rose Bolton of South Carolina and Gloria Brown of St. Thomas, Pa.; one brother, Robert King Jr. of Gettysburg; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great and great-great-great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by one daughter, Frances Hankerson; one son, Michael; one sister, Christine Bates; and one brother, Willie King.

Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Doug Lehman will officiate. Burial will follow in Norland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Franklin/Fulton Unit, 384 Floral Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

www.geiselfuneralhome.com

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