Abbie Maude Whittenburg Thomas was born in Falfurrias, Texas on Dec. 7, 1912. She moved with her family to Sweetwater, Texas. She graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1930. She married Jeptha Tennison Whorton April 5, 1931. He died May 30, 1964; in Tahoka, Texas where the family had moved from Sweetwater. In 1943, she owned and operated Abbie’s Fashion Shop, which she closed after her husband’s death in 1964 and moved to Lubbock, Texas. She entertained at many functions by acting her solo comedy skit making people laugh. In 1966, she became a full time Agent with the Continental Casualty Company and American General Life Insurance Co. She retired when she married Lynson Easton Thomas, June 16, 1984. She was an active member of the Trinity Church, Shadowhills Ladies Golf Association, 49’ers and Queens ‘en Kings Duplicate Bridge Clubs. At age 81 she joined the Carollon Creative Writing Class. She has several things published in the Reminisce Magazine, The Tomorrow Never Knows, The National Library of Poetry, and From Flappers to Flivvers. She moved to Corinth, Texas in December 2006 to be closer to her family. Here she formed the Whataburger Back Booth Club (WBBBC) and continued to welcome people with a friendly smile, warm laugh and funny story. She served as president. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend. She will truly be missed, but was loved by all.
Visitation will be held Thursday Nov. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at DeBerry Funeral Directors. Services will be held Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas. Rev. John Peel and Jeffrey Whorton will officiate the service. Graveside services will be held Friday, Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Sweetwater, Texas.
She is survived by a daughter, Tommie Louise Whorton Beckwith of Corinth, Texas; and son James Tennison Whorton, (University Park) of Dallas Texas; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Memorial may be made to Sweetwater Cemetery.
She is preceded in death by her sister Fannie Louisa Suffel; and brother Thomas Scales Whittenburg.