Zoro Beatrice "Zoro Bel" Thomas

Saturday, August 29, 1931 - Friday, July 15, 2022

Loved Her Family and Her Lord

Photo of Zoro Beatrice "Zoro Bel" Thomas  - 1931-2022

Canton – Zoro Beatrice “Zoro Bel” Thomas, age 90, a lady greatly loved and a lady who has been an inspiration to everyone blessed to know her, passed away at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Zoro was born August 29, 1931 in Swain County and had made her home in Haywood County most of her life. She had been employed in the payroll accounting department with BASF Corporation in Candler where she retired with many years of dedicated service. In remembering Zoro we think of her tending her garden and caring for her lovely flowers, and her gracious heart of always making everyone feel welcome to her home. She was an amazing cook and always made certain that her table was filled with an abundance of food that she shared with everyone. Her delicious homemade yeast rolls were everyone’s favorite and were unmatchable – they were the best ever! Zoro recognized the importance in being active throughout her life. For six days throughout the week, she could be seen taking her brisk 3-mile walk, and she always rested on the Sabbath day. Zoro witnessed a strong testimony of her faith and the Lord’s Plan of salvation, serving faithfully as a member of the Church of God and Prophecy in Canton where she was a member of the church choir and had served as the church secretary until just recently. We shall forever cherish the precious memories that we each hold of Ms. Thomas. Her immeasurable love for her family, her strong faith, and her willingness to give of herself to help others will forever be her legacy. People often say you can’t take things with you when you leave this earth. Ms. Thomas had her own version of this sentiment, “The only things we can take with us to heaven are the things we have given away - the good deeds, the kindness, the love, and the compassion that we have given to others.” We give thanks for the life of Zoro Beatrice Thomas and we celebrate her homegoing on this day.

Zoro was preceded in death by her mother, Carrie Lula Thomas; her daughter, Deborah Irene Jackson; her son, Derek Thomas; and two grandchildren, Lisa and Chaunvey; a sister, Mildred Beckwith; brothers, Preston Eugene Thomas, Isadore Thomas, Weaver C. Johnson, and Buell Thomas.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Stanley O. Thomas; grandchildren, Lynn, LaShawn, Dawn, and Brandie; great-grandchildren, Dominie, Joshua, Preston, Amera, Destinee, Terrance, Aaliyah, Kamiya, and Sophie; great-great-grandchildren, Symphony, Anna Grace, Avajames, Aubree, Jamal, and Taryn; a sister, Bethel Rosetta Thomas; a brother, Hubert Eldon Thomas; and a host of nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends who loved her dearly.

The funeral service to honor the life of Ms. Thomas will be held 2:00 pm Friday, July 22, 2022 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton. Pastor Pam Johnson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Thomas family.


Service for Zoro Thomas

Condolences from family and friends

Sorry Hubert for the loss I know she will be missed. So sorry for a great loss. Love you all you guys
Johnny Luther and Sherri Luther Johnny and Sherri Luther
My deepest sympathy to all of Zora Bel's family. A life well lived and an example of Christian dedication for others to follow. God bless and keep you close during this time of sorrow.
Juanita Dixon
One in a million. Amazing, loving cousin, friend, and child of God. Her caliber of person was a rare gift to all. I know she is rejoicing in God's presence because she earned her crown in earnest. I'll miss her wisdom and laughter.
Yvonne Johnson
To Hubert, Stanley, Lynn and Shawn you all have our sincere condolences. We love you all! Rest now Dear Cousin, Well Done thou Good & Faithful servant! The daughters of Walt & Polly Thomas Michigan.
Narda Thomas Bruno
All of my memories of this sweet lady are in church. Zoro was one of the last remaining church elders. Ms. Zoro was an exemplary life for us all. Ms. Zoro loved her family and she provided the best example of love for all and what ones priorities. Many, many prayers for her family during this difficult time.
Vikki Conley Ikard
My sincere condolence to the Thomas Family
Winona Walker
This is one special lady over the last 30 years she has taught me so much starting with a smile and a wave and the time to stop and talk she was a great friend and I loved her dearly Herbert and stanley my heart goes out to you but can you see her right now
Pat grasty
Sorry for loss, my God bless all of you: Thomas Bryant Sr
Winona Walker
Hubert, My heartfelt condolences to you. Keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers.
Cindy Dixon Owen
Hubert, Stanley, Lynn, Dawn and other family members. My first visit to Gibsontown, Douglas, David, and I stayed with Zoro. She was such a kind and gracious hostess. Such fond memories of her. You’re all in our Prayers! I have to share a confession Doug made before he passed. He said he would steal Zoro’s jewelry to put on turbans he made. Just a little something to make you smile. We love you family!
Shirley and David Whitmire