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Zelda N. Thompson

June 21, 1957 July 29, 2019
Zelda N. Thompson
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Zelda Naomi Thompson was born to Rosa Ellen Gregory Thompson on June 21, 1957. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Matthew and Thelma Gregory and also her loving grandmother, Bessie Neal Branch.

At an early age she was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church where she developed her faith in God which would continue throughout her lifetime. Zelda attended Nottoway County Schools and graduated from Nottoway Senior High School in 1975.

She loved to read and cook. Her places of employment were Fort Pickett and Heritage Hall in Blackstone where she worked for eighteen years as a Dietary Aide. There she learned how to cook delicious food, especially her mac & Cheese and pound cakes. In 1998 Zelda was awarded “Employee of the Year” by Heritage Hall, because of her hard work and dedication.

After her retirement, Zelda spent her time being a caregiver to others, especially her sister Sandra. Although she never married or had children of her own, Zelda was a kind-hearted loving aunt.

Zelda was lovingly cared for by her niece/daughter, Adrienne Jennings Watson (Tyson). Alex and Jack (Crystal) Jennings were the sons she never had. She was proud of all her nieces and nephews, Aaron (Andrea) Bryant, Angel Bryant, Shamece (Corey) Todd, Naomi and Jordan Thompson, Bernice and Montel Stewart. A devoted nephew, Andre Bates.

The next generation of nieces and nephews whom she adored, DeAisha, Yaishawn, DeVonte, Briana, ZyMire Jennings, Christian and Aiden Bryant. The latest arrival, the twins Ezekiel and Rhema Todd. Devoted cousins, Mary Virginia Gregory and Nicholas Gregory; a special family friend, Kay Leighty; special friends, Brenda and Cynthia Crenshaw; a host of cousins and dear friends.

Although her illness was a surprise to us all and her decline seemed so rapid, you can rest assured that she remained a fighter all the way until the very end. Even in her last moments, one of the most powerful, heartwarming and true statements she ever said was, “We are Gregory’s, we never give up!”, she repeated it three times. Zelda’s pain and suffering is over. She fought until the very end, she fought a good fight, the battle has been won. Now Zelda is rejoicing with our Heavenly Father.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Stewart, but leaves to cherish her precious and loving memories: her devoted sister, Sandra Jennings; sister, Alice Bryant; brother, Paul Thompson; adopted sisters, Shelia (Herman) Price and Sarah Stewart. Zelda is fondly remembered by her ex-brother-in-law, Jack Jennings.

Funeral Services Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone. Interment Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.


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