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Sylvia Wilborne Thomas

December 29, 1921 — March 12, 2022

Sylvia Wilborne Thomas

Mrs. Sylvia Wilborne Thomas of Alton, VA passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Clarksville Health and Rehab.  She was born in Halifax County, Virginia on December 29, 1921 and was 100 years old.  She was the daughter of the late Jefferson Davis Wilborne Sr., and the late Nora Scott Wilborne and was married to the late Early Thomas.


She attended Cedar Grove United Methodist Church.  She was a lady who loved the Lord, hearing the word of God as she read her Bible.  She also shared her thoughts through her preaching. Sylvia loved gardening, especially growing her own vegetables and taking care of her flowers.  In her earlier years she enjoyed sewing and making her own clothes.  Sylvia was a great cook and loved doing it for her family and friends and annual family reunions. Sylvia enjoyed house painting, preaching the gospel and traveling.


Mrs. Sylvia Wilborne Thomas is survived by:

Two Sisters

Jackie Cuneo and husband Chris of Chester, VA

Mary Rowe of South Boston, VA

Two Brothers

Donald Wilborne of Thomasville, NC

James R. “Bobby” Wilborne and wife Pat of Colfax, NC

A number of nieces, nephews and friends

Foster Daughter, Carole Sylvester of GA

****She was preceded in death by***

Two Sisters, Elsie W. Snead and Ruby W. Ford

Six Brothers, Franklin, Raleigh, Jefferson Davis, “J.D.”, Marvin, Henry and Harvey Wilborne


Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at the Oak Ridge Cemetery.


The family will receive friends following the service at the Cemetery.


For memorials, please consider the Turbeville Vol. Fire Department, 1002 Melon Rd., South Boston, VA 24592.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home and Powell Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston VA 24592.

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