Thomas, Laura A.


Laura Ann Smith Thomas was born November 27, 1945, in Eudora, Arkansas, to Virginia Ann Farris and Robert Smith and raised by her Godparents, Lynn and Annie Mae Austin, who all preceded her in death. Laura was baptized at an early age and graduated from Central High School in Lake Village, Arkansas, in 1961.

In 1962, she married Freddie Springs and to this union two children were born, Denise “Neicey” Springs (Robert) and Freddie Springs, Jr. (who preceded her in death.) In 1966, she married William Ardis Thomas (who preceded her in death) and to this union two children were born, Sideya

27 replies on “Thomas, Laura A.”

Tara Barnes says:

Soror Natalie and family,

My sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences on your loss. God Bless you in your time of sorrow.

Kelli Muse says:

Dearest Soror Natalie and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God continue to keep His arms gripped tightly around you. Love you immensely!


Soror Angela McMillan Howell says:


I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Please know that my family (especially my mom) and I are praying for you as you mourn the loss of this great woman.

With love and sympathy,
Soror Angela

Don Jones says:

Denise & Nakecia D.

I am very sadden to hear about Laura’s passing. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

Jessie-Pearl Farris Jackson says:

Dearest Family
Remember in your time of grief that we are of such value to God that He

Sideya (Deide) Thomas-Turner says:

Mom you’ll be missed, but never forgotten. You couldn’t have been a better mom. I love you. I will always love you.

Alfretta Williams Earl says:

My prayers and thoughts are with you.



Betty Bowman says:

Laura – you will be greatly missed by everyone in our family. You were a lifelong friend – love you forever. Prayers to the entire family.

Mary Sandle says:

It was a pleasure knowning you and working with you, I will miss you, God Bless and rest in peace.

Love You Always

Juanita Battle says:

Soror Natalie,
My prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the passing of your mom. Although I have never met your mom, I remember the many comical stories you shared about her. May the Lord keep and comfort you.
Lifting you up in prayer,
Soror Juanita

Andy Barton says:

I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Miss Laura, as I alwas called her was such a sweet and good person. Heaven truely has an angel now. RIP

Andy Barton

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Vanessa Forgy says:

Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathies when I learned of the loss of Miss Laura. I felt like she was a part of our

John H. Speight says:

Sorry for your lost. We all will miss her.

Mr. Atiba D. Bethea Sr. says:

My heart goes out to all of you guys. Mother Thomas was a true depiction of Southern Hospitality and love. I can’t find the words to adequately express my sorrow, but I find joy in knowing that she is at peace. The pressures of being the matriarch of the family are off of her willing shoulders.

Thanks for always treating me like I was a blood member of your family. Thanks for showing all of us how to love and handle our responsibilities. I’m truly a better husband, father, and person because of you and your roll with the punches mentality.

I love you Mother Thomas. Your memory and influence will be carried on throughout my Bethea lineage, FOREVER!

Lord Willing, I’ll see you on the other side of the mountain.

Atiba D. Sr.

Katie Wesley says:

Miss Laura had a great outlook on life, she was always making us laugh at the office! As did her daughters…
She was dedicated to her work and was always willing to listen to others, she will be missed by all of us at GDT…Rest In Peace

Wade Jorgenson says:

I am so thankful to have met you. Your beautiful smiling demeanor has impacted myself and so many others! Now that your work here is done, you can rest in the love of our Lord and Savior.

Camille Ryan says:

Every evening when Laura would come to work at GDT we always had to stop long enough for a big hug and to talk about how the day went or just share stories. She was one in a million with her great outlook on life, love of her family and willingness to do what ever she could to help anyone.If it was a bad day she would find something good about it. She was truly loved and will be missed but never forgotten.

Shaunta D. Scroggins says:

It is rare a person knows you your entire life and is consistent. Laura Thomas was both. She was a genuinely nice, thoughtful lady who demonstrated her love for her family…and their priority in her life. To say things won’t be the same is an understatement. The Scroggins Family will miss her.

Anita Jahwar says:

Well this is truly hard…but I know Miss Laura is all well now. I remember her at GDT and how she would put a smile on everyones face. We had some great times together when I would see her. We shared stories on a personal and business level. We even became FB friends. I remember a couple time we even cried together. Her grand daughters would come with her to GDT and she absolutely thought the world of them. She will be dearly missed but never forgoten. Love you Miss Laura until we meet again!!!!

Neicey Curry says:

To my lovely Laura: I miss you so and words can never express my gratitude for all you have done for me. Your heart was full of love and you were relentless in everything you believed in. All of my memories have been of your beautiful smile or the smirk you used to give me when you felt I was about to ask you for something. You are truly an angel and just to have been your grand daughter is the greatest blessing I will ever know.I never knew joy until you smiled, never knew love until you loved me, and never knew an unselfish heart until I looked into your eyes. My angel on Earth and my best friend is now playing the biggest role in her life, in heaven. I’ll love you until I take my last breath and I pray that you watch over myself, the family, and my little, unborn Laurann.

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Candice McConnell says:

Soror Natalie, I love you s4j8and pray for you and your family. May God bless and keep you during this time of loss.

Adrienne Alexander says:

I will truly miss her. She had a laugh and smile that would always brighten up the room and conversation that would make you smile.

May God keep his arms around her family and friends.

Dennis Mumaw says:

I am so very thankful that I was blessed enough to have met Miss Laura and have her be a part of my life. She always had a great smile and a kind word for me. I am sad that I will not get to joke and laugh with her here on earth anymore. I am happy though knowing she is smiling down on us from her view from above, keeping watch over those she loved and cared about. We cannot have too many angles watching over us.

Emily Dixon says:

Laura ann and I started walking together about 16 months ago, in that time we learned a lot about each other, she introduced me to stores I didn’t know about and turned me on to restaurant week, I really miss her she was a kind and compassionate as well as friendly person I miss her friendship and considerate nature, she will forever be missed by many, especially me.

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