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                         The Life and Legacy of Truman Marsh Thames

              On  December  2,  2023,  at  6:15  a.m,  TRUMAN                                                                        Laymen’ League and served on the Senior Board of the Union of
          MARSH THAMES transitioned from this earthly world by                                                                       Union Association. His fraternal an social activities include A.J.
          leaving his physical body and ascending to his heavenly home.                                                              Henderson Masonic Lodge, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc .. Zeta
          The youngest of four siblings, Truman Marsh Thames was                                                                     Beta Sigma Chapter; and previously served on the Board of Direc-
          born December 16, 1934, to the late Joseph Franklin Thames,                                                                tors of Maranatha Ministriies Additionally, he was a co-founder of
          Sr. and the late Katie Rebecca Williams Thames. On April 19,                                                               the  Deep  Creek  Road  Community  Organization  and  on  the  local
          1959, he married Coreather Battle and to this union four chil-                                                             civic organizations. As a resident at Pruitt Health-Carolina Point,
          dren  were  born.  Reared  by  parents  and  a  family  deeply                                                             Durham, NC, he wa instrumental in the implementation of Praise at
          grounded in their Christian faith; Truman accepted Christ at                                                               Pruitt, Saturday church services.
          the young age of 13 and became a member of the family and                                                                       Truman was preceded in death by the love of his life, Coreather
          community church, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.                                                                     Battle Thames; one son, Truma: Antonio Thames; his parents, Jo-
          Truman served God and remained a faithful member until his                                                                 seph  Franklin  Thames  Sr.  and  Katie  Rebecca  Williams  Thames
          health failed. Even then, he would occasionally make his way                                                               brother,  Joseph  Franklin  Thames  (Fannie  Mae  Devane  Thames)
          from Durham, North Carolina to attend Sunday services un-                                                                  one sister, Rebecca Thame Codgell, (Rev. Herman Cogdell); daugh-
          til he departed this earthly world at Duke Hospital in Durham,                                                             ter-in-law, Cartaveta Belcher Thames; sisters-in-law Dozella Battle
          North Carolina.                                                                                                            Bullock (Jonah Bullock),Viola Battle Branch (Samuel Branch), Elsie
              Truman was educated in the Cumberland County Schools                                                                   Battle Wade and Sally Ward Battle; brothers-in-law, Albert Cox,
          and graduated from Armstrong High School. Prior to earning                                                                 Clifton Battle (Regina Stanley Battle)  Cary Lee Battle, William T.
          a Bachelor ofEducation degree in 1956 from Fayetteville State                                                              Pratt, and Tom Wade.
          University, he served a short time in the United States Army.                                                                   Deacon Thames will be truly missed. His legacy of family,
              He succeeded in several occupations: teacher in Warren                                                                 church and community service will be remembered. He leaves to
          County, Georgia; construction worker, newspaper deliverer                                                                  cherish his memories: two sons, Tyrone Marash Thames (Brenda
          as a child and then as an adult with his children, modular                                                                 Ballard Thames) of California and Joseph Rufus (Joey) Thames of
          home  salesman  (Carolina  Model  Homes),  paneling  maker                                                                 Fayetteville, North Carolina; daughter Shellametta Elizabeth Thames
          (Fayetteville Face Veneer). His expert cooking skills  were                                                                Hollis  (Alan  Hollis)  of Apex,  North  Carolina;  daughter-in-law”
          inspired  by  his  wife’s  tutelage  before  receiving  additional  Truman Marsh Thames                                    Donna Pettis Thames of Fayetteville, North Carolina; sister, Vera
          training. He served as a Lobster House cook and Regional                                                                   Thames Pratt of Fayetteville North Carolina; sister-in-law, Bemell
          Chef trainer for Days Inn. He and Coreather enjoyed serving                                                                Battle  Lewis  (Richard);  brothers-in-law,  Berry  Battle  and  Willis
          others through food. As a shoe repairman, alongside his wife As the youth advisor, he was instrumental in bringing the first summer lunch program to Battle (Shirley Lawson Battle); 13 grandchildren, Diana Thames,
          at  Service  Shoe  Shop,  their  own  business,  they  provided Good  Hope  Baptist  Church.  He  and  Coreather  established  the  Scholarship  Program  for Valerie Thames, Michelle Thames, Sheila Thames, Sherrianita Pitts,
          Christian fellowship, a listening ear and shoe makeover ser- highschool and college students after their last child graduated from college in 1986. After Candice Thames, Dr. Tyrone Thames Jr. (Brittany White Thames),
          vices. Their motto: Saving Soles/Souls. Deacon Thames or her passing, he was instrumental in naming the scholarship program, The Coreather B. Truman Thames (Ajasha Smith Thames), Easter Thames, Brennetta
          Deacon Truman (his names of preferences) devoted his life Thames Scholarship Fund. While Chairman of the Deacon Board, he also further united Thames, Antonio Thames, Alexis Hollis and Erica Hollis; eight great-
          to serving God through Church and Community.     communities by organizing Good Hope’s Senior Day and reinvigorating the church’s Laymen’s grandchildren; 61 nieces and nephews, a myriad of greats, numer-
              His love for children and seniors could be seen in his League as its president. He was the Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, Young Adult Class ous cousins and a host of friends.
          actions. As a youth, he was active in the choir, usher board.and Sunday School teacher, Foreign an Home Mission member, usher, and Baptist Training
          youth groups. At the recommendation of the late Pastor A.C. Ministry leader. Deacon Thames served on the building committee throughout the growth           Serviced Entrusted To: Wiseman Mortuary, INC.
          Moore, he was a deacon in the early sixties and of the old and new buildings.                                           413 Cumberland Street * Fayetteville, NC 28301
          continued to serve in other numerous and various positions.  Locally, Truman  served  as  3rd Vice  President  of  the  Union  of  Union Association  (910) 483-7111
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