Penny Denise Thomas, 54, of Sanderson died on March 8, 2013 at her residence with family by her side. She was born in Jacksonville on September 2, 1958 to Gayle Catherine Chancey Rhoden and the late Everett “Bud” O’Dell Rhoden. Penny was a lifelong resident of Baker County and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Macclenny. She enjoyed reading Nicholas Sparks books, playing bingo, cooking and baking. She was also an avid Gator fan. She was preceded in death by her father.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her loving husband Ronny Thomas of Sanderson; her mother of Sanderson; children Justin (Melissa) Thomas of Glen St. Mary and Desiree Griffis of Sanderson; brothers Claudell (Phyllis) Rhoden and Glenn (Cindy) Rhoden, both of Sanderson; grandchildren Rylan Griffis and Addyson Thomas.
The funeral service was held on Monday, March 11 at 2 pm at her church with Dr. Edsel M. Bone officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.