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Arma B. Thomas

Birth Date: February 5, 1930
Death Date: December 22, 2018

We will celebrate the life of Arma B. Thomas born February 5, 1930 in Tyler, Texas to Jim & Ethel Williams.

She was one of eleven children raised in a God fearing and loving home.

She received her formal education in Tyler, Texas and was a graduate of Jackson High School.

Arma accepted Christ at an early age and for many years was a member of Church of the Loving GOD, in San Diego, CA.

In 1948 she met her first husband, Roger Cross (deceased). Their union was blessed with one son, James Robert Cross (deceased).

She moved to San Diego, CA in the late 50’s and joined Bethel Baptist Church and met her second husband, Reese Thomas (deceased). Arma’s lifelong passion and profession was cooking some of the greatest tasting food ever. Arma’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving in which she treasured having family and friends over to celebrate. Arma will forever be remembered for cooking some of the best food on Thanksgiving day, which including all the trimmings – Turkey & Cornbread dressing, Peach Cobbler, German Chocolate cake, Pecan Pie, Sweet potato pies, Pound Cake and so much more.

She worked at Joey’s Cafeteria which was located on 32nd Street Naval Base for over 20 years & eventually retired in 2007 working with her friend Chuck Wion at the Souper Bowl & Catering.

Arma quietly and tenderly was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday December 22, 2018 in her home.

She is preceded in death by her only son James Robert Cross and 5 siblings Eva Mae Jackson, Odessa Warren, Corinne Timmons, Thelma “Bubba” Williams, Tommie Williams. Her surviving family include her 3 Grandchildren Tamela M. Cross, Roshan S. Cross, Johnnie L. James II and 4 Great-Grandchildren Taurus James Myles-Hendricks, Roshan Cross Jr., Ahneya Cross, and Shyann Cross, her siblings Millie Houston (Texas), Jimmy Williams (Texas), Welton Williams (Texas), Margene Williams (San Dimas, CA), and Carl Williams (Kansas), daughter-n-law Gloria James and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

“Gone but not forgotten, the memory of you will always be in our hearts”

Celebration of life for Arma B. Thomas
February 1, 2019 @ 11am

Church of the Loving GOD
4202 Delta Street
San Diego, CA 92113

Celebration of Life
February 1, 2019
11:00 am
Church Of The Loving God
4202 Delta Street, San Diego, CA 92113
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  1. Liz Huckabaa and family

    Written by: Elizabeth Huckabaa

    Arma was one if a kind. Met her at Joey’s almost 50 years ago! So many memories were made there and at the work picnics. Words can’t describe her cooking. She was an awesome Chef. She will be missed by all of us. My one regret is that I never spent enough time with her in the later years. RIP Arma🙏

  2. Arma was the best cook ever, and you are right no matter how many times and years I would watch, her I never could make my stuffing and gravy taste anywhere as good as hers. She was fun to work with, and we were lucky to have her for twenty years. Love Anna May and family

  3. Chance made us neighbors ... Hearts made us friends

    Written by: Deborah Skannal

    Ms Arma was such a kind soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  4. Arma B. Thomas

    Written by: Paul N. Francis

    To my Aunt Arma, her loving family cared for my mother & her sisters after the deaths of my mother’s parents. She shared the washoliday meal preparation with her sister Eva Jackson & my mother Ethel Mae Perkins. The three of them continued to stress family fellowship. Her home was my second home.

  5. I’m praying that God comforts the family like only He can. Hold on to the fond memories.
    I love y’all!

  6. Arma will be missed

    Written by: Dee Sanford

    It was my honor to be embraced by Arma as a family friend. I treasure the times spent with her in her home, and on outings. She was a wonderful woman who loved her family and enjoyed having company. Her ready smile and saucy attitude was a joy to behold! May God bless all who lovingly called her mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother (GiGi), sister, sister in Christ, and friend

  7. I loved u so much u told me and Melanie Clark to stay off your wall in your front yard I said ok and u told us again and we will allways remember what u too u a will be missed.

  8. Brenda & Shahid Muhammad

    Written by: Sister.Brenda Muhammad

    Oh, miss Arma…
    You will be missed
    May God be pleased with her…

  9. For Arma

    Written by: The Wion’s

    We will miss you . I can remember you at Joey’s. Loved working with you. Ill miss your laugh your smile . You are in our hearts . Thank you for being a part of our life .

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