Surrounded by her loving family at her daughter’s home in Jasper, Georgia, Jennie Rae Thomas Oldham quietly left this earth at the age of 91 on May 27, 2023.
She is survived by her daughters Sarah Ann Jones (Harry) of Jasper, Georgia, and Mary Elizabeth Featherstone of Waleska, Georgia; her granddaughters Jennie Kelly (Mike) of Atlanta and Mary Catherine Featherstone (fiancé Brendan Quinn) of Atlanta; great-grandchildren Parker Kelly and Paul Kelly. Her husband of 68 years, Daniel Paul Oldham, preceded her in death in 2017. Jennie was born and raised in the Jonesboro community of Lee County, North Carolina, and graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1949. She was the daughter of Datus Thomas and Alma Wicker Thomas of Sanford, NC; sister to Ervin Thomas (Mary Sue) and Helen Holder (Nolan), also of Sanford. She was a beloved aunt to Linda Barber (Wayne), Patricia Gaster (Mike), Eddie Thomas (Jackie), all of Sanford, and Mike Thomas (Teresa) of Lillington, NC. Jennie had a 30-year career with North State Telephone Company in High Point. Upon retirement, Jennie and Paul moved to Emerald Isle, NC. Their final years together were spent in Swansboro, NC. Jennie deeply loved her husband, daughters, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren and her Sanford family. And they all loved her. Her great-grandson, Paul, spoke for all of us when he said to her at her 90th birthday celebration, “thank you for all of the hugs and loving me all of my life.”
A service will be held in Emerald Isle at a time to be determined later this year.
The family requests that donations be made in Jennie’s name to Samaritan’s Purse or to the Emerald Isle Baptist Church.