“…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life… and I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.”

Katherine Burton Thomas, the daughter of the late Rossie Lee Banks and Mister Baker, was born in Newton, Georgia on April 25, 1934. She received her early religious teachings in her hometown. Her early education was received through the Newton County Public School system.

She met the late LaVora Thomas and they were joined in holy matrimony. Together they moved to Miami, Florida where they established their home. They were blessed with four children: Kenneth Eugene Thomas, Sandra Jean Thomas-McKinney, Nathaniel Thomas, and Tracy Torshan Thomas-Wilcox.

Life’s books closed March 11, 2013. She went to be with the Lord, relieved from the suffering and worries of this world.

Many survive her, including her beloved two sons: Kenneth Eugene Thomas and Nathaniel Thomas; her daughters: Sandra Jean Thomas-McKinney and Tracy Torshan Thomas-Wilcox; two sons-in-law: Ronald Revis McKinney and Walter C. Wilcox Jr.; her loving grandchildren: Ronald Revis McKinney, Sheaun Jamar McKinney, Rakeem Jamal McKinney, Kenneth Eugene Thomas Jr., LaKenya Thomas, Jenae Armani, Richard Terence Keenan Thomas, Torshan Tiana Thomas, LeVora Thomas, and Alshermon Thomas; her great-grandchildren: Domonique McKinney, Benjamin McKinney, Marquale “Poppi” Williams, Kyle Parker Jr., Ricienio Johnson Jr., Khambrel Menefee Jr., Gensis Thomas, Amari Thomas, Isaak Thomas, and Isaiah Thomas. She also leaves to mourn many close and loving friends.

Special thanks to the McKinney and Wilcox families.

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well… it is well… with my soul.”


As children and grandchildren
we can’t always comprehend or fully realize
the meaning of our mother’s love,
how tender and how wise she is,
the patience and forgiveness she gives
are a part of every day that we live.
The unexpected “little things” she does
in her own special way
remind us that she is watching over us.
Years go by before we can look back on life
and see through older eyes and wiser hearts
her love and loyalty.
And yet, it’s these and other special things
we’ll hold so dear;
and memories of her steadfast love
will always keep her near.

We love you dearly,
MaMa, Granny Pooh, Granny Kat.

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