God called home one of his angels on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at 5:45 a.m. Tempie Lee Payne Thomas was born Nov. 13, 1923 to the late Levi Payne Sr. and Ioda Stovall Payne. She was the only child born to this union. She accepted Christ at a young age at Sweet Home Baptist Church in Shongaloo.
Tempie married J. C. Thomas Jr. and to this union, seven children were born. Three of Tempie’s sons preceded her in death: Frank, Johnny, and Ray Dell Thomas. She also had two brothers