Janice Neff Thies

October 12, 1933October 7, 2013
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Janice Neff Thies, 79, of Hoover, AL, passed away on Oct. 7, 2013, five days short of her 80th birthday, after battling colon cancer for a year. She was born on Oct. 12, 1933, in Dayton, OH where she lived until 1954 when she, her husband John, and daughter Melissa moved to Birmingham, AL. A member of Lakeside Baptist Church, Bonnie Lambert's SS Class, and Appris Women's Club, she was also a past member of Central Park and Valleydale Baptist churches. Janice graduated from Wilbur Wright HS in Dayton and worked for several years at Rike Kumler Co. and General Motors, and 10 years in the Birmingham Schools system mostly as a high school secretary. She was PTA President at Charles Brown School for two years, children's SS teacher, and Girl Scouts leader. While her three daughters were growing up, she stayed at home and was a "Mom." Janice was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Anna Neff, and her brother, Larry. Survivors include her beloved husband, John, of 60 years; daughters, Melissa (Mike) Wilson/Park City, UT, Brenda (Frantz) Johnson/Hoover, and Becky (William) Lucas/Alabaster, AL; grandchildren, Marsha (Nick) Butler/China, Amanda Johnson, April (Blake) Kitchings, Adam Johnson, Austin (Erika) Lucas and Trent Lucas, all from the Birmingham area; great-grandchildren, Troy and Eli Butler, and Gemma Lucas; foster great-granddaughter, Eliana of China; brother-in-law, Henry (Mary Jo) Thies; sister-in-law, Carolyn Neff; and numerous other relatives. Dedicated to raising her children and helping with her grandchildren, Janice was a very giving and compassionate person, always smiling. She and John loved seeing their children and grandchildren grow up and watched them play sports - especially high school and college baseball. Although born and raised in Ohio, after marrying Johnny and moving to Alabama in 1954, she quickly became an avid Auburn University sports fan. Visitation will be Friday, October 11, 2013 from 9-11 a.m., Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Pelham, immediately followed by 11 a.m. funeral service in Southern Heritage Chapel. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham. If desired, memorial gifts may be made in Janice Thies's memory to Rumpshaker, Inc. (promotes awareness of colorectal cancer) or to Lakeside Baptist Church.


  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2013
  • Celebration of Janice's Life Friday, October 11, 2013

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October 13, 2013

So sorry to hear of Janice's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings Randy and Nancy Williams and Family

Angie Kimbrel

October 11, 2013

Becky and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special lady. I enjoyed so much at the ball games seeing her and your dad there watching Austin and Trent. Felt like they were part of our baseball family at Thompson. She will be missed dearly, but Heaven gained such a beautiful Angel. I will be praying for you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you all. Love you all.

Larry and Angie Kimbrel
Corey, Colton, Cameron

Gayla Schofield

October 11, 2013

Mrs. Thies was such a sweet woman who I always enjoyed seeing & talking with at the ballpark!!! Everyone could tell how much she loved her daughters & grandchildren (Mr. Thies & SILs too). Prayers to the family for your loss.

October 10, 2013


Bill & Lynn Kitchings

October 9, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed getting to know her over the last five years and will miss her at gatherings. You are all in our prayers.

October 9, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed getting to know her over the last five years and will miss her at gatherings. You are all in our prayers.

Douglas Bailey

October 9, 2013

I am very sorry to hear this. Janice and her family were very important to my family and myself growing up. They were our neighbors and, in effect, our "extended family." We all feel this loss, and sympathy for all of Janice's family.

Laurice Shaw

October 8, 2013

I worked with Janice Thies when I taught at Jones Valley High School from 1984-86. She impressed me when I first met her, and she continued to be a bright light in my days at JVHS. She was a great lady, indeed.

Darryl and Patricia Bowie

October 8, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.