On Sunday, June 29, 2014, Arlonia Thurmon, 95 of Lexington Park, MD, passed on peacefully from this life at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. She was born on February 11, 1919 in East Juliette, Georgia to the late Mathis and Bessie Tillman. Mother Thurmon was educated in the Georgia Public School System where she completed the sixth grade. She met and married the late Ivory Moreland Thurmon in 1936 where they resided in Georgia until 1943; moving to the District of Columbia briefly before settling in St. Mary’s County, Md. God blessed them with thirteen children! George (deceased), Grealy Lewis (deceased), Theodore (deceased), Jesse of Washington, D.C., Steven (Millicent- deceased) of Lexington Park, Md., Ivory Jr. (deceased), June Harlow of New York, Rufus (Elisabeth) of Severn, Md., Gina of Lexington Park, Md., Ruby (deceased), Earnest (Deborah) of Upper Marlboro, Md., Gloria Ivory (Keith) of Lexington Park, Md. and Felton of Lexington Park, Md.
Arlonia was employed as a laundry worker at Patuxent Naval Air Station and Hills Laundry in Leonardtown, Maryland for twenty years.
She was united and joined the First Baptist Church of Carver Heights in 1946 under the leadership of the late Alfred Chambers and continued faithfully with Reverend Roderick McClanahan. Mother Thurmon served in several capacities over sixty years as a member of the Willing Workers, The Missionaries, The Pastors Aide and Deaconess Ministries. The church honored her for Dedication and Commitment as one of “The Mothers” of the church.
In addition to her parents, husband and five children, Arlonia was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph “Plumb” Tillman.
She leaves to cherish warm and loving memories her children, Jesse, Steven, June, Rufus, Gina, Earnest, Gloria and Felton, twenty-three grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and a host of relatives, friends and a wonderful church family.
Family will unite with relatives and friends on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11:00 am at First Missionary Baptist Church, 46370 Pegg Lane, Lexington Park, MD. Interment to follow at First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 21075 Hermanville Road, Lexington Park, MD.
May God be with you all, during your time of bereavement. Mrs. Thurmon was truly a special person to everyone who knew and loved her.
Martin and Brenda Smith Carroll
? Mother Thurmon. Condolences to the Family. Peace Be Still
So sorry to hear of Mother Thurmon passing. She was a very lovely soft spoken lady. She is now safe and secure in our Lord’s arms.