OBITUARY

Ms. Priscilla Thomas

September 19, 1966June 26, 2020

Priscilla Thomas, the beloved firstborn daughter of Daniel J. Thomas (Tampa, Florida) and Wilhelmina B. Thomas (Tampa, Florida), was born on September 19, 1966 in Jamaica Long Island, New York. About six years later, she moved with her family to Tampa, Florida. She later became a part of the spiritual family at the Countryway Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tampa.

As a young child, Priscilla, (or “Cilla” as she was called by her family), participated in many activities, such as art, swimming, ballet, tap, and playing the piano. She loved Broadway musicals, with Fiddler on the Roof being one of her favorites. After high school, Priscilla worked at childcare facilities for several years and truly enjoyed caring for and being around children. She often remarked that it was very tiring but a lot of fun. Following her dedication and baptism on October 17, 1986, Priscilla’s faith and love for Jehovah God grew and remained strong for her entire life. When she was able to participate in extra Bible education volunteer work in the community as an auxiliary pioneer, it was her greatest experiences. Persistent prayer was her regular practice to stay close to Him and to receive the strength needed throughout all the years she dealt with constant physical challenges, and she continued to persevere.

Priscilla was known as a very sweet, kind, and compassionate person. She was extremely caring and was always thinking of others and their needs before her own. Her thoughts were of wanting her family and everyone she saw or met to be and feel better, because she truly loved people and was a great listener. No one that she came in contact with escaped her notice, whether they were joyful or in pain. Anything Priscilla read or researched was sent to or shared with others---with the goal of providing constant support and relief, particularly from her favorite source of comfort, God’s Word the Bible. Priscilla loved to make phone calls and write loving letters to everyone she knew. These letters were not typed, but handwritten with care. Writing was therapeutic for her in dealing with daily physical struggles, but it was also a way for her to stay connected and be encouraging to others. As an avid reader, she could also read through material and books at such a rapid pace while condensing it, but slowing down for the most important spiritual information. Reading and meditation brought Priscilla much joy.

As quiet as Priscilla could be at times, she was always vocal about her love for Jehovah and the hope of the promised future of a physical and spiritual paradise on earth as mentioned at Psalms 37:9-11. A wonderful future where she could be the healthiest person possible, as God had originally intended for mankind. In addition to both of her parents, Priscilla is survived by her sister, Deborah Dupree and brother-in-law, Emmanuel Dupree of Roswell, GA.

“Not one of us, in fact, lives with regard to himself only, and no one dies with regard to himself only. For if we live, we live to Jehovah, and if we die, we die to Jehovah. So both if we live and if we die, we belong to Jehovah.” ----- Romans 14:7, 8

A remote memorial talk will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 3:00pm EST facilitated over Zoom. The family would like to thank you for the many expressions of love and support offered to them during this very difficult time. To all those interested in learning more about the Bible and the wonderful hope for the future that sustained Priscilla, please visit JW.org to learn more and of other topics.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that those funds be donated to JW.org in an effort to further the important work in which Priscilla was engaged. (Matthew 24:14)

Services

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Memories

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Debra Garcia

July 11, 2020

Our dearest Danny, words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of a daughter you loved very much. We just concluded the beautiful memorial service and were touched by the outpouring of support you received from brothers and sisters all over the United States. I was already tearful watching the slide presentation of your daughter but lost it when I saw Priscilla with Sug Erskine; two loved ones to be resurrected. There was also a picture of Priscilla with Brother Erskine. A blast from the past. Memories can certainly be a wonderful thing. Your slide show bears that out; a visual blessing when remembering your daughter. It was a wonderful picture arrangement that all of you put together in honor of Jehovah’s faithful servant, your daughter, and then the most encouraging memorial service ever. What I appreciated most was the concluding song; it was so Priscilla. We, Brother Erskine and I, send you and yours our love and hearts full of kind thoughts and prayers to Jehovah. We will keep in touch Danny. Love you!

Jane Webster

July 11, 2020

Even though I did not know Priscilla personally, her wonderful Mother has been a great friend to me for many years because Wilhelmina helped me take care of my own Mother before her passing and also helped me tremendously many years later with my own ordeals. Best person ever.

Ron Chandrakuar

July 11, 2020

There are no words I can use that will make up for the loss of your dear Priscilla Not only was she your daughter , but your friend as well. What a loss indeed !
But we are assured of our hope that she is Jehovah's memory awaiting to be called out of sleep.
We love you my dear friend and my heart goes out to you.
Your friend
Ronc

Charles and Jackie Hill

July 11, 2020

We really didn’t know Pricilla well but we know many of her loving family. We pray for Jehovah’s peace And love to be with you at this time.
Pricilla is not in your past, she is in your immediate future.
Love to all of you,
Charles and Jackie

Arlena Mobley

July 11, 2020

Dear Bro Thomas and Family,
Bro Mobley and I didn't know Priscilla personally, but we know her through the many encouraging remarks made about her. We look forward as you do, to seeing her beautiful face, and meeting and giving her a big hug. We know we will have to wait in line. That won't be a problem as we will have forever to enjoy her sweet company.
Remember, our Lord Jesus will call and Priscilla will answer.

Warm Love
Ed & Arlena Mobley

Sonja Lynette Burch

July 11, 2020

I remember my twin sister and I stay a couple days in Tampa with my Auntie. Well it was Debbie, Priscilla , Yvette and I Lynette. And oh boy did we have a ball together. Priscilla was always the quite one and she kept the rest of us balance during our sleep over. We had so much fun when we can to Tampa and stay with Priscilla & Debbie as kids. I will truly miss my cousin. But I know she is resting now. Rest now Angel Priscilla.

Sara Powell

July 11, 2020

Priscilla was a beautiful woman with unswerving faith in God. She was devoted to sharing God's love with others in her own unique way. While it saddens me to think I will not see her again in this life, she assured me we will meet again. I know her family is comforted by her remarkable faith and the blessing she was to others while she lived.

Timothy & April Smith

July 10, 2020

To Priscilla Thomas’s family,

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter/dear loved one. May you be comforted in knowing she has a wonderful hope as promised in the Bible and is in the safest place -Jehovah’s memory. You’re in our thoughts and prayers❤️

Our deepest sympathy,
Tim & April Smith

Nichele Adkins

July 10, 2020

To the family of Priscilla Thomas,

Please accept my deepest condolences. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort during this time. You all are in my prayers.

Love,

Nichele Adkins

Hugh Haisley

July 10, 2020

You accurately expressed what we remember about Priscilla: She was "very sweet, kind, and compassionate . . . extremely caring." Her love for and loyalty to Jehovah, even when coping with adversities, is indeed a fine example for all of us.

With warm memories -- Hugh and Janet Haisley

FROM THE FAMILY