Betty Turner Thomas

April 29, 1930December 30, 2018

Betty Louise Turner Thomas, 88, of Wilmington, NC died on Sunday, December 30, 2018. She was born in Lake Wells, FL on April 29, 1930 to Peter and Ethel Turner.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her daughter Sharon Thomas and son Baxter Thomas.

Betty is survived by her son David Ewin Thomas and wife Gina of Wilmington, son-in-law James Randall Hobbs, grandchildren; Jessica Zambrano and husband Gus, Jeremiah Johnson, Megan Thomas, Margaret Hobbs, Brandi Thomas, Kayla Thomas, great grandchildren Alana Zambrano, Jason, Zambrano, Gavin Zambrano, Connor Johnson and one on the way.

Betty taught mathematics at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. She attended Wrightsville Beach Baptist.

The Funeral Service will be 11am Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service officiated by Rev. Tom Canady. Visitation will be held one hour prior. A Graveside Service will be held 11am Monday, January 7, 2019 at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, NC.

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  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Interment Monday, January 7, 2019

Betty Turner Thomas

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Mark Massi

January 5, 2019

Like so many thousands of Mustangs, I had the pleasure of being taught mathematics by her twice. I had to retake Alegebra3 Trig in summer school at Garinger High and she was there. The last day, I ran out of gas on the way and had to hitchhike and was about 45 minutes late. Mrs Thomas could see I was panicked and told me to take a chair out in the hall and recuperate and then come back in. Of course, she stayed late with me to give me equal time to finish the final. Always so gracious! Along with Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Thomas was an inspiration for me becoming a teacher.

My sincere condolences to her family. Keep telling stories about her to keep her legacy alive!!

Mark Massi
Class of 1975 MPHS

Andy Thomas

January 5, 2019

My sympathies go out to David, Gina, Randy, and all of her wonderful grand and great grand children.

Betty was a wonderful lady that always treated me with compassion and love. I will always remember her for being such a strong willed lady that I greatly admired.


Andy Thomas

D. Thomas Roofing Co Inc

January 4, 2019

Mrs Thomas was a very special lady. She will be dearly missed. Please except our condolences on behave of the employees of D. Thomas Roofing.

Nancy Jones

January 4, 2019

What a true blessing it was to know Mrs. Thomas.

Betty Scarborough

January 4, 2019

I taught at Myers Park with Betty in the mid sixties. She was a delightful, caring, and fun person in addition to being an excellent teacher. My sympathies go to her family.

Katharine Lucas Monk

January 4, 2019

Mrs. Thomas was a favorite teacher of mine at Myers Park High School. She asked me to do math tutoring and got me started on a lifelong path of teaching. I remember her as no-nonsense, but kind. She made a difference.

Laine Clontz

January 4, 2019

I was lucky to have Mrs. Thomas as a teacher at Myers Park. She was one of the best teachers I ever had! My sympathies go to her family.

Hope Franklin Vitale

January 4, 2019

Mrs. Thomas, as I called her, was such a sweet woman. Her daughter, Sharon, was my best friend at AG and MPHS. I spent 6 years hanging out at their house on Shoreham Drive. So many memories. I never had Mrs. Thomas as a Math Teacher, but my brother, Tommy Franklin, did. My thoughts and prayers go out to her son, David, and his family, and Sharon’s husband, Randy Hobbs, and their children, Jeremy and Maggie. May the peace of God be with all of you.

Catherine Taylor Metz

January 4, 2019

Mrs. Thomas was my math teacher at Myers Park. Later when I became a teacher, I worked with Betty Thomas at East Mecklenburg. She was an excellent teacher. She was a supportive colleague. It is an honor to have known this lovely lady with such a beautiful smile.