Frances Inez Thomas

December 11, 1922July 17, 2021

Obituary for Frances I. Thomas

Frances Inez (White) Thomas went to fill her mansion prepared for her in heaven on Saturday, July 17, 2021. She was born to Monroe and Maggie (Brown) White December 11, 1922, in Drew County, Arkansas, in the Possum Valley Community. she went to meet her Savior at the age of 98 years, 7 months, and 6 days. She was a member of Central Baptist Church, Conway, Arkansas.

Frances was known by many names. To her son she was Mom, to her grandchildren she was Granny, to her nieces and nephews she was Aunt Ace, to her siblings she was Inez, and to her friends she was Frances. She taught school briefly and decided her duty was to be a homemaker and she devoted herself to that. Inez was a skilled seamstress, making drapes, wedding gowns, men’s suits, ladies’ dresses, etc. She loved to quilt and crochet. She was light on her toes as evidenced when she and her beloved Pete square danced around the floor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Maggie White, and in 2005 by her beloved husband Melburn E. Thomas who was the love of her life. She was also preceded in death by two brothers Bill White of Conway, Arkansas, and Travis White of Conway, Arkansas, and a sister Majorie White Knowles Craig of Wilmar, Arkansas.

Survivors are her son Michael A. Thomas and his wife Velma of Mena, Arkansas; two grandsons, Christopher Thomas of Mechanic Falls, Maine and Adam Thomas and wife Camille of Las Vegas, Nevada; a step grandson Tommy Bullock of Sarepta, Louisiana; and a very special grandson by love Kelton McCuien of Conway, Arkansas; two sisters Nell Grimes of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ethel Stiles of Lake City, Florida; a sister-in-law Faye White of Conway, Arkansas; six great-grand children, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held at Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home, 1751 Dave Ward Drive, in Conway on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Graveside services will be at the 16th Section Cemetery, Drew County, Arkansas on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1:00 P.M.

Memorials may be made to the 16th Section Cemetery, % Renee Knowles, 324 Longview Road, Wilmar, Arkansas 71675, or to Elite Hospice, 602 DeQueen Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

A note from Frances herself: “To my dear family: You have meant so much to me over the years. Each of you have been a comfort for me and a special blessing. To my friends: What a blessing you have been! What a joy it will be when we meet with our Savior. Let His Word be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. It will be so great to hear him say ‘my child, well done.’”

Her son and daughter-in-law wish to thank Hospice Home Care in Conway, Arkansas and Elite Hospice in Mena, Arkansas for the compassion, superb care, and their ministry that was shown to their mother and to them during the last months of Frances’ life, to Carol for the song and fun, to Lucy and Beatrice for their volunteer time and friendship, to Felicia, Michelle and Kristen who cared for Frances on a weekly basis, and to Kandy, Linda, Keith, Sadie and Jennifer whose professionalism, care and love that was shown to us was outstanding and deeply appreciated. You have been like family to us and we will never forget what you did for us during a very difficult time. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add A Memory” at:


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021


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Judy Greene Burns

July 22, 2021

Mike and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Oh what wonderful memories we have of our parents when we were young! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️

Pamela Burden

July 22, 2021

I’m so thankful God Blessed me to know, and be friends with this Precious Lady. We met when I started working for the Conway Schools. What a Joy she was to everyone. I grew to Love Frances as a Very Precious Friend. I know she is In Heaven with her Beloved Husband she talked about many times. I’m going to miss her so very much. My Prayers go out to all her family. God be with you Mike, and Velma🙏

Martha Berrier

July 22, 2021

Inez loved her God, her husband, and her family fiercely. She enjoyed decorating her home, and working in her yard. Her home in Springhill could have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens! Granny worked from dawn till dusk, and never complained. She always seemed to find time to make her Tea Cake Cookies (Granny cookies), leaving out the nuts and coconut for one of her grandkids. She made own Square Dance dresses - and then made more for others. And, she won a blue ribbon at the County Fair for one of amazing quilts! This incredible woman was an example to everyone around her. To Chris, she gave her ability to work without ceasing. To Adam, she gave her giving heart and spirit. To Kelton, she gave her acceptance and love. To her son, she gave everything. She will be truly missed. Give hugs to Pop, Granny!
A special thanks to Velma for the loving care you provided this frail, fierce woman. Many thanks to you and Mike for keeping her happy and comfortable.

Rosemarie Travis

July 22, 2021

Inez made the best homemade Pecan Sandies I have ever tasted. Hereafter, every time I eat one I will think of her and how she is walking with Jesus in paradise. Michael, my prayer is that the wonderful memories that you have of your precious mother will overtake the grief and sadness you are feeling right now. I believe Inez would want you to be happy for her and for you and Velma to embrace life and enjoy it. Much love.

Rose Stone

July 21, 2021

I loved visiting with your Mom when I would visit Uncle Bill and Aunt Faye. She was a wonderful person and know you will miss her! Prayers for all of you!

Kristen Wells

July 21, 2021

It was an absolute honor to have met this wonderful woman. Taking care of her was always a pleasure and she always had a story to tell, a piece of history. I will miss her very much!

Doris Hutchins

July 21, 2021

For many years Frances was my next door neighbor in Conway. We became dear friends and visited often. From sewing to raising flowers, Frances was my mentor. She had such a green thumb. Her yard was "Yard of the Month" caliber! She was a beautiful lady (I love the photo of her in this write-up!) We stayed in touch after she moved to Mena and I will miss her phone calls.