The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, January 29, 2023, at New Zion Hill Baptist Church, Allen Street, Leslie, Georgia. Burial will follow at Jackson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Pryor Road, Desoto, Georgia. Masks are required.
Graveside services, including burials, are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
Mrs. Martha was born May 1, 1941, in Leslie, Georgia to the late Ms. Willie Ruth Hall and the late Mr. Joe Thomas. She was preceded in death by her son Mr. Kenneth Lee Thomas (Margo) and a sister Mrs. Gloria Ware. She was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. Over the years she was employed in the healthcare field and worked as a CNA at Magnolia Manor of Sumter County and Sumter Regional Hospital. She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Eddie James Blackshear. Mrs. Martha was a member of Jackson Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of her brother Rev. Eugene Hall where she served as the mother of the church, on the food ministry, and headed up the secret Santa. She also served as the President of the County Wide Mission.
She leaves to cherish memories to her children Mr. Anthony Bernard Thomas (Eva), McDonough, Georgia, Dr. Valerie Roberts (Terry), Americus, Georgia, Mr. Glenn Thomas (Veronica), Lithonia, Georgia, Mrs. Stephanie Banks,( Leon), Americus, Georgia; grandchildren Darrell Thomas, Lesley Stewart, Eric Thomas, Brianna Watts, Alerie Roberts, Evan Thomas, Kyla Thomas, Kennedy Roberts, Myles Thomas; a godchild Dr. Renee Mays; siblings, Ms. Janie Ruth Billings, Ms. Collene Palmer, Ms. Frances Morris, and Rev. Eugene Hall; sister in law Sandra Hall; lifelong friends Freddie Battle and Carrie Swann; devoted cousin Barbara Stewart; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.