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November 13, 1935 ~ September 30, 2022

Etta Brooks Thomas, age 86, of Pittsboro, died Friday, September 30, 2022, at home.

Etta was born in Chatham County on November 13, 1935, to the late Edward N. Brooks and Jewel Justice Brooks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Thomas, three brothers, Donald Brooks, Tommie Brooks, and David Brooks.

Surviving relatives include three sons, Eddie Thomas and wife Jo Ann of Pittsboro, Scott Thomas and wife Donna of Pittsboro, Jeff Thomas and fiancé Sheri Haney of Greer, South Carolina; one daughter, Joette Springle, and husband Jim of Pittsboro; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Trudy Sturdivant of Pittsboro, and one special friend, Audrey Parker.

The family received friends, Monday, October 3, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, Griffin Chapel. The funeral service was held Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Moore presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in Etta’s memory to Emmaus Baptist Church Missions Fund, 2428 Silk Hope Gum Springs Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to Liberty Hospice, Southern Comfort Homecare, and her other special caregivers.

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Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Thomas family.