The Catoosa County News

BOSS, Melba Louise


Melba Louise Thomas Boss, formally of the Waterville community in Walker County, Ga, age 90, passed away January 26, 2023, following an extended illness.

She was born July 17, 1932, in Trion, Ga. the daughter of Reece Henderson Thomas and Letha Thomas. Mrs. Boss was a graduate of Lafayette High School and retired from Eli Walker shirt factory as personnel manager and Mt. Vernon mills where she worked in the cost department. She was a member of Waterville Baptist church for over 60 years and served in many capacities including choir and a Sunday school teacher.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Marshall Henry Boss. Brothers, Kenneth George Thomas and Holland Richard Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law Kathy and Tim Thompson, grandsons Wes Thompson (Keeta), Ben Thompson, Dr. Luke and Annie Thompson. Sister-in-law Betty Allen. Several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Boss was a very strong Christian lady that always let her light shine everywhere she went, and she was fortunate enough to travel to a lot of places. Her luggage was always packed. She was able to go on several missionary trips where she helped with support of crews that built churches, homes, and missions. Among other places she was able to go to Alaska, Canada, Mexico and St Lucia.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Wallis Wilbanks Funeral Home in Lafayette, Ga. Family will receive friends from 12:00pm till the hour of the funeral at 2:00pm with the Rev. Sam Barrett officiatin­g. Interment will follow in the Lafayette Memorial Garden.

Active pallbearer­s will be Wes Thompson, Ben Thompson, Luke Thompson, Evan Webb Keith Thomas, Mike Dawson, Vester Young.

Family wishes to give special thanks to the staff of Seven Hills memory care and Trinity Hospice.

Flowers will be accepted as well as donations to Waterville Baptist Church.

Arrangemen­ts are by Wallis-wilbanks Funeral Home, Lafayette.

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” — George Sand

Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

— Author Unknown

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