Janet Scheffler Thomas, 78, of Crystal Springs, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Tuesday at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs. Services will be 11am Wednesday at Crystal Springs United Methodist Church with burial in Crystal Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas was born June 21, 1933 in Pascagoula, MS, to Lester J. and Velma Hollis Sheffler. She was a Phi Mu Sorority graduate in music from the University of Southern Mississippi and married fellow alumnus Cliff Thomas in 1957. Settling in Crystal Springs, she became the choir director of the United Methodist Church there and served in that capacity for over 50 years, retiring this spring. A talented musician and vocalist, she also trained hundreds of young voices over the years in her private teaching practice. She also taught at Copiah Academy.
A tireless volunteer, she was a member of the Crystal Springs Jr. Auxiliary, the Garden Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Wesley Foundation, University Vesper Choir, Drama Club, McDowell music club, floral club, Mary Martha Circle UMW, National Society Magna Charta Dames, National Society Colonial Dames, and the Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Decent. She was one of the five finalists of Miss Mississippi contest in 1956.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff Thomas, Jr.
Survivors include her son, Cliff Thomas, III and wife Sandy, of Plano, Tx; daughters, Becky Thomas Stutzman and husband Mark, of Crystal Springs, and Susan Thomas Noland, and husband James, of Houston, TX; as well as six grandchildren: James and Dana Thomas, Anna Marie and Hannah Stutzman, and Austen and Ashley Noland. Other survivors include a brother, L. J. Scheffler, of Pascagoula, MS and numerous nieces and nephews including Patricia Channel Millice and Bette Channel
The family requests memorial donations in her name to Crystal Springs United Methodist Church Choir.