In the early evening of December 26, 2019, Olee Thomas Haven went to be with the Lord at the extraordinary age of 102. Olee, also lovingly known as GG and Big Mama, was born July 29, 1917, to Hattie Brown and Henry Thomas.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized in Keechi Creek. She attended Cairo School as a child. Olee was a faithful member of Cairo Missionary Baptist Church where she dedicated many years of service in the roles of secretary and treasurer. One of her favorite verses was John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
As a lifelong resident of Leona, Texas, she regularly helped others and worked in the community. Her places of work included the Dyer Vocational Training Center, the Madisonville Nursing Home, and a cook at the Red Onion Café.
Olee married Woodrow Haven and together they raised four children: Jimmy Ray, Lena Bell, Henry Otis, and Franklin Delano (F.D.) and two grand-children: Joyce Faye (Leon) and Robert Joe.
Many loved ones have preceded her in death: her parents, husband, three children, three grandchildren, and all her siblings.
Living to cherish her memories are her daughter, nine grandchildren, sixteen great- grandchildren, eleven great, great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
One of many sayings Olee liked to recite was: “If I helped somebody as I passed along, if I cheered somebody with a word or song, If I showed somebody, they were traveling wrong then my living was not in vain.” –MLK-
Homegoing services for Olee were held 12 Noon, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Dr. Leon Moore officiated the service, and burial followed in Two Mile Cemetery in Leona, Texas.
Arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. www.waltersfuneralhome.com