THOMAS, VIRGINIA KNIGHT, age 102. Born in Birmingham, AL January 24, 1908 to Harry H. Knight and Mattie Dillahunty Knight. Died April 17, 2010.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Jerry Vance Thomas, and daughter, Martha Virginia Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Joy Thomas, several cousins, and a host of friends.

Virginia attended the Simpson Academy and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and was an accomplished musician. She taught Bible classes for twenty-five years, taught sewing class at the YWCA for ten years, and was a world traveler and lecturer. She was past president of the Antiquarian Society, and belonged to several patriotic historical societies. A close friend of Virginia's recently noted her "wonderful love and concern for our great nation, her uncompromising stand for all that is right and honorable, and beautiful. Her testimony of the help and power Jesus Christ has given her, all through her life, has strengthened us and will remain with us as long as we live."

She was a member of St. Peter's Anglican Church. Graveside service to be held at Elmwood Cemetery on Tuesday, April 20, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to St. Peter's Anglican Church (3207 Montevallo Road/ Birmingham 35223) or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Alabama Chapter (14 Office Park Circle, Suite 115/ Birmingham, 35223).

Published in The Birmingham News from April 18 to April 19, 2010