In the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews we read about those great heroes of faith found in the Old Testament. There is nothing more powerful than seeing a person who lives a faithful life. Last week we lost a great heroine of faith. Carol Thomas passed away from this life to her eternal home. Carol was one of the most godly women I have ever known. The apostle John heard a voice from heaven in Revelation 14:13 that said: “Blessed are dead who die in the Lord from now on; Yes, says the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
Carol grew up on a small farm in the Vesta community just south of Gladeville. She was the oldest of three children born to Bryan and Carrie Sanders Harris. After attending Major Elementary School she began attending Mt. Juliet High School for her ninth grade year. It was during that year that she became very sick and had to have a homebound teacher for the rest of the year.
Carol never let this illness keep her from having a great school experience. She was very active in the Beta Club and FHA. She served as the manager of the girls basketball team. Carol was an exemplary student. She graduated with the third highest academic average in her graduating class of 1962. She was well-liked by her peers. She was voted “Most Studious,” “Most Likely to Succeed,” and “DAR Rep”. But the honor that meant the most to her was “Best Personality”.
Upon graduation from high school, Carol attended MTSU. She studied to be a history teacher and finished college in just three years. She then went back to teach at her beloved Mt. Juliet High School.
In 1966, Carol married a former classmate, Paul Thomas. She had written to him regularly while he served in the Marine Corp. and just a short while after Paul’s military service, they were married. Carol taught for five more years, and then they decided they would start a family. A baby girl was born to Carol and Paul on October 11, 1972. Tara Kay Thomas was born a month premature and not long after her birth it was discovered that she had hydrocephalus (water on the brain). The young couple was told to put their child in a home, but they refused to do this. Carol and Paul gave Tara Kay excellent care and love. Their little girl had to have twenty-four hour care. They saw to her every need; and although Carol and Paul were told that Tara Kay would live no more than four years, she lived until she was seventeen years old.
Carol and Paul had another child, Bryan Paul Thomas, born on October 23, 1973. This young man has been such a blessing to his family. He remains in their home today seeing to his family’s needs.
Through all of her life Carol remained faithful to her God. She was an active member of the Mt. Juliet church of Christ until December of 2001; this is when her world turned upside down. It was discovered that she had a brain tumor. She had surgery, and we all hoped and prayed that after the surgery she would be able to go home. But that was not to be. Carol never came home, she spent the last eleven years in health care facilities. We will all miss our sweet sister, but we believe what Christ said: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). You see Carol truly has gone home.
…written by Pat Hackney…
A lot of this information came from an article written in the
“Mt. Juliet Homecoming”