Floral 24

Josie Mae (Hardee) Thomas

June 9, 1931 ~ February 20, 2022 (age 90)

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Josie Mae Hardee Thomas, age 90, of Pittsboro, died Sunday, February 20, 2022, at her home.

Josie was born in Orange County, North Carolina on June 9, 1931, to the late Isaac Hardee and Bessie Harrelson Hardee. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Buddy Thomas; brothers, Elbert Hardee (Wilma), Phil Hardee, Rudy Hardee (Ruth), Bobby Hardee (Virginia), Jacob Hardee (LaRue), Buddy Hardee (Marie); sister, Kathleen Fuquay (Morris).

Surviving relatives include sons, Claude Wesley Thomas (Mona) and Danny Franklin Thomas; sisters-in-law, Billie Hardee and Pearl Maynor; brother-in-law, Emory Thomas (Jane);  grandson, Jason Thomas (Tina); great-grandchildren, Sindy, Dalton, Trevor and Ti; and great-great-grandson, Langston; along with nephews and an entourage of nieces that cared for her like she was their own mother.

On a Sunday night in 1941, Josie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour at Carrboro Baptist Church. She graduated June 9, 1950, from Chapel Hill High School.

In December of 1951, she was married. She was a longtime employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she retired from in 1995.

Josie loved to shop, going out to eat, attending church at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and Coolwater Cowboy Church.  She loved talking to friends on the phone, especially, Sylvia Butler and family.  She would want you to know, “Shug, this too shall pass.”

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in Josie’s memory to: Durham Rescue Mission – PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703.

Coolwater Cowboy Church – 1850 Asbury Church Rd., Sanford, NC 27330;

Mt. Gilead Cemetery Fund – 1785 Mt. Gilead Church Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312.

A Visitation will be held 6-8:00PM, Wednesday February 23, at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory – 396 West St. Pittsboro, NC 27312.

The Funeral Service will be 2:00PM, Thursday the 24th at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 1785 Mt. Gilead Church Rd., Pittsboro, NC.


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February 23, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Funeral Service
February 24, 2022

2:00 PM
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead Church Rd, NC, Pittsboro


Cool Water Cowboy Church
1852 Asbury Church Road, Sanford NC 27330

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery Fund
1785 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro NC 27312

Durham Rescue Mission
PO Box 11368, Durham NC 27703

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