First Posted: 3/29/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN Mrs. Helen Thomas, 82, widow of the late Burton Thomas, of Pilot Mountain, passed away at her residence on Saturday, March 28, 2009. She was born June 11, 1926, in Surry County to the late Jack and Avie Arnder. Helen is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Monica Thomas of Dobson, Roger and Robin Thomas of Mount Airy and Kenneth Thomas of Kernersville; two daughters and son-in-law; Gayle and David Semones of Pilot Mountain and Carol Kirby of Pilot Mountain; two brothers, John Arnder of Mount Airy and Jackie Arnder of Summerfield; one sister, Lena Mae Walker of Stanleyville; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband Burton Thomas; one daughter, Sarah Jean Thomas; and three brothers, Millard Arnder, Coley Arnder and Monroe Arnder. The funeral will be held Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 3 p.m.. at Simmons Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Alan Branch officiating with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and family Monday, March 30, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Simmons Grove Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Simmons Grove Baptist Church building fund or Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Cox-Needham Funeral home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Thomas family

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