Brenda Joyce Thomas

Brenda Joyce Thomas

Brenda Joyce Thomas, 63. Sunrise January 9, 1951 and Sunset March 9, 2014. Brenda graduated from Columbus East High School in 1969. She was an Ecclesiastical Arts Supervisor at Augsburg Fortress Publishers where she later retired. In 2011 Brenda received with honors her Bachelors of Arts in Leadership and Christian Ministry from the Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. She was a member of St. John AME Church under Pastor Jermaine D. Covington where she served as an Evangelist on the ministerial staff; Women’s Missionary Society; Bible Study Teacher, Conference Worship Leader, Lead St. John’s Prayer Line, STEP program, and taught Sunday for over 30 years through her Christian journey at St. Paul AME Church, St. John AME Church, and Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Brenda served with Church Women United, and a volunteer with Take It “Take it to the Streets” non-profit for the homeless. Brenda is proceeded in death by Grady and June Brown, brothers Billy and Gregory Brown, and sister Lila Thigpen. Left to cherish her memory, loving mother Marzell Maghee, devoted husband of 25 years Richard Thomas; sons Anthony Thomas, Ivan Cummings, Ernest Cummings Jr., daughter Pearleen Thomas, grandchildren Lafayette, Jayon, and Sari Westbrook; Sister Leilani Brown-Gwynn, Carol Moore, Brother Michael Fair, Sister in-Law Pam Trent, nieces Sonja (Anthony) Rhynehardt, Nikki Gwynn, Alicia Thigpen, Kaylin Gwynn, Amma Thomas, Lisa Swaggin Brown; Nephews Pepe Gwynn, Derrick Nimmons, Rich Hill, Corey King; Great Nieces, Leilani and LaShina Rhynehardt, Lisa Brown, Letisha Parks; Great-Great Nephew Elijah Easter; Special Friend Sara Jordan; Aunt Frankie McGee, Bailey Family, Thomas Family, Herring Family, Bass Family, Quarles Family, Hill Family, Sweeney Family, Ducksworth Family, Maynard Family, Miller Family, Seward Family, Lawler Family, Botiford Family, Henderson Family, Buxton Family, Davis Family, Cummings Family, and the Saints of St. John AME Church, and a host of other friends and family.


Visitation 10:30am Saturday March 15, 2014 at St. John AME Church 7700 Crosswoods Dr. Columbus, Ohio.


Home Going Service 12:00 noon Saturday March 15, 2014 at St. John AME Church 7700 Crosswoods Dr. Columbus, Ohio.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Jerema Hardin-Holliday

    One never knows. Brenda, dear Brenda what a wonderful person you were. A friend at Ohio Christian University that welcomed me as a friend, not a stranger in a strange place. And the calls and e-mails since graduation have been so comforting. To her family, she loved you all so much. Her church family, she thought the world of you all. So sorry that I never made it to visit. God bless you Brenda, you were such a lovely person. I’ll always remember to “stay in my own lane”. Save a seat for me in heaven! See you there! Jerema

  2. Marvin Harris

    To the McGhee Thomas family I am so sorry to hear about your loss, but know you all are in my prayers. Wtih Love Marvin

  3. Gerlinde Lott

    Church Women United was my connection with Brenda. I was saddened by her passing and offer my sincere sympathy to the whole Family. You are in my prayers. Gerlinde Lott, Church Women United

  4. We are really sorry for your loss and will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.

  5. Barry Thigpen

    My deepest condolences go out to Brenda’s family. I haven’t seen Brenda for many , many years, but she was always remembered and will never be forgotten, God Bless.

  6. I met Brenda when visiting AME church with my son who was looking for a church for his family. We sat behind Brenda and her husband and she mistakenly thought my son and I were a couple till I told her I was not a cougar but his mother. We laughed together at her mistake and I felt an instant bond with her. I asked a mutual friend for Brenda’s email address and exchanged many emails as we got to know each other over the last couple of years. We tried to schedule a lunch together many times but health issues would get in the way. Instead we just exchanged news of our lives and talked about our spirituality and belief in God. I found her to be a caring and loving person who will be sadly missed by her family and all those who knew her, including me. My condolences to her family and friends.

  7. Phyllis Tolber

    Brenda and I used to be sister-in-laws. I could not have asked for anyone better. She was a beautiful person. I was very sad when I was told she had passed. My prayers go out to our Lord for her husband and family.

  8. Carl, Sandra and Melanie Herring

    To the Family, We pray that in this time of loss you’ll feel God’s love, comfort, strength and peace. We pray God will pour upon you His sweet amazing grace and His peace that passes all understanding through Christ. RIP sweet Brenda, until we all meet again.

  9. Marvella Cummings

    We lost contact over the years but Brenda has always been in my thoughts and prayers. I was sorry to hear of the loss of a beautiful person. To the family my condolences. Just keep striving for the higher goal that she has attained and you will see her again still praising and serving our Lord and Saviour.

  10. Sorry to hear of Brenda’s pasing.May your faith in God strengthen you during this difficult time. God Bless

  11. Janice Renee Joyner ( Jan )

    To The Family, The Presence of The Lord is with you now and His Presence will be with you always. Brenda and I were at East High School where we shared the same Classes. Brenda and I were Good Friends, as well as Classmates all the way up to Our Graduation Day. My Fond Memories of Brenda will be cherished. I am wishing you, Brenda’s Family, all of God’s Blessings. Jan Jan

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