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Jimmetra Aline Taylor Thomas

Jimmetra Aline Taylor Thomas, age 67, of Lebanon, TN, died Wednesday, November 24, 2021, the day before Thanksgiving, her favorite holiday, where she served as our family’s loving host for decades.

Jimmetra was the daughter of the late Dorothy Ann Lanius Taylor and James Sidney Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her beloved sister Sherri Eddington.

Jimmetra is survived by her devoted husband of 42 years, Joseph Daniel (J.D.)Thomas,  children JW (Linda) Taylor, Cory Sutton, Cristy (Brian) Tice, Michael (Dana) Thomas and grandchildren Hannah (Jacob) Lindsey, Haley Taylor, Austin and Cheyenne Sutton, Miranda, Ellarae and Nolen Tice, Brycen Thomas, Brandon (Katie) Thomas and their daughter Abigail. Jimmetra is survived by sisters Miriam McKinzie, Sidney (Mark) Williams,  brother-in-law Glenn Eddington, and many nieces and nephews.

Jimmetra, born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1954 in Abilene, TX , loved everyone with her whole heart. Her family moved to Nashville in 1965. She met J.D. while working for an answering service, taking calls as a switchboard operator for a plumbing company where he was employed.  J.D. and Jimmetra fell in love and they married on J.D.’s birthday, April 14, in 1979. Together, they had a loving blended family, with her two young boys, JW and Cory, along with JD’s son, Michael, and later their daughter, Cristy. Jimmetra glowed with pride when talking about her children and grandchildren. She took genuine interest in each of them and savored every moment they shared together. She faithfully prayed for them and modeled what she often would say, “Love is patient, love is kind.”

Jimmetra and J.D. moved from Nashville to their country home in Macon County, TN in 1992 where they made many memories and friends, and lived there for 21 years until they moved to Lebanon in 2013. She loved her home and made it welcoming to everyone who visited.

Jimmetra had a radiant spirit. With her bright smile and enthusiasm for sharing the love of God with people, she spread joy everywhere she went. A member of Hope Baptist Church, she loved her community, especially the Women of Hope and involvement in Bible studies over the years. She had a tender heart, always thinking of others, especially those who were suffering. Whether it was going on mission trips, donating time and resources to the Crisis Pregnancy Center, making crafts, baking for people or her many other selfless acts, she generously gave from her heart.

She was a talented and creative person who always followed her dreams, set goals, and found a way to thrive against all odds. She had a successful Avon business gaining countless trophies and awards. Her business wasn’t as much about the products or recognition as it was about the people. She liked the connections and was always one to keep in touch with friends through the years. She had a fun sense of humor, loved to laugh, and enjoyed gatherings. She hosted numerous birthday parties, special events, dinners and lunches, and of course Thanksgiving. Her specialty dish was the dressing. It will go unmatched. She was well known for making delicious decorator cakes, strawberry cake, and the best carrot cake in town, from the recipe passed down from her mother. She knew just how to make people feel special and loved. She made the world around her more beautiful.

Graveside services for family and close friends will be conducted 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon, with Pastors Will McReynolds and her son Dr. JW Taylor officiating. For everyone’s health and safety, the family requests those in attendance to respectfully wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Honorary Pallbearers are Glenn Eddington, Mark Williams, Dave Guenther, Steve Thomas, Craig Weldon, and James Russell Earhart.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Gideon’s International, Lebanon Camp, 50 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214.

Arrangements made by Ligon & Bobo, 241 W. Main St., Lebanon, TN 37087, (615)444-2142. www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Kim Shelton and Linda Hyder says:
    We are so very sorry and wish we could be there in person but you will be in our thoughts and prayers! With all our love!
    • Dorothy Ann Davis says:
      Jimmetra was my best friend my entire life. She was precious. One of a kind. She was kind, loving, caring, funny. She would help anyone in need. She loved The Lord & his light shines through her. I was so blessed to have her in my life, as was anyone who knew her. I will miss her forever. Love & prayers to JD, JW, Cory, Cristy, & Miriam & all here beautiful family & friends.
      Love, Dorothy Ann
  2. Diana Hillen says:
    Love you Jimmetra. You were always one of a kind, and you will be missed
  3. Kim White says:
    So very sorry to hear. She was always so kind & sweet. Keeping her family in my prayers!
  4. Sue Vincion says:
    I love you Mrs. Jimmetra I am going to Miss you so much,you were more than a friend.you were my family
  5. Sarah Green says:
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you.
  6. Ashley Linville says:
    Heaven just gained a great one! Jimmetra will be missed by everyone who knew her. Prayers for the whole family.
  7. Mike & Sherry Holingbaugh says:
    Our deepest sympathy to J. D. and the family. Such wonderful memories of times together. Jimmetra will be missed by so many. Our loss is heaven’s gain. We’ll meet again.
  8. Ed and Linda Mirris says:
    To Jimmettra’s family….. she loved, was loved and will continue to be loved and thot of often. She might be gone from this earth but her spirit will continue to brighten the lives of those that knew her. God bless you through this time of letting go. Prayers from Ed and Linda Morris.
  9. Leroy Crouch says:
    Sheila and I are lifting you up in our prayers. Jimmettra was so loved by our family. Sheila just shared the story with some women of our church about when Jimmettra saw the sunrise on a womens retreat.
    We love you family and are praying for you.
  10. Melissa Hosier says:
    This fabulous lady right here made me feel so special. She understood me, my struggles from where I came from and always made sure to let me know that I was not alone. I bonded with her in the Bible study groups on Wednesday nights. This is where I try to remind myself to tell others how much they mean to me and how special they are to me. I wish I had done that but I know I will see her in Heaven one day and I will hug her so hard! Prayers for all of you and God bless you all.
  11. Linda Frazier says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are going up for the family during this time. Her smiling face and sweet nature will be missed. What a comfort to know what one day a reunion will take place in heaven.
  12. Barbara Strong says:
    Jimmetra will be missed here on earth, but heaven gained an angel. She always had a smile on her face. Prayers for JD and the rest of the family.
  13. Cindy Tucker says:
    So sorry for your loss jimmetra was such a sweet lady her and JD always looked like newely Weds .She was always smiling your in our prayers and thoughts.
  14. Bob & Fran Duncan says:
    Jimmetra, we are sure that the heavenly angels are rejoicing tonight welcoming you home, while here on earth your homegoing has caused so much sadness. You were always that ray of sunshine that brightened the lives of everyone who knew you. You will be forever loved and missed.
  15. Dorothy Ann Davis says:
    Jimmetra was my best friend my entire life. She was precious. One of a kind. She was kind, loving, caring, funny. She would help anyone in need. She loved The Lord & his light shines through her. I was so blessed to have her in my life, as was anyone who knew her. I will miss her forever. Love & prayers to JD, JW, Cory, Cristy, & Miriam & all here beautiful family & friends.
    Love, Dorothy Ann
  16. Teresa Grisham Pipes says:
    So sorry to hear about Jimmerta,she was a sweet and kind lady..I meet her thru Avon,we were at a meeting in Cookeville.Jimmerta andI had 2 likes,Avon and decorating cakes.She will be missed by all her Avon customers ,friends,family and my cousin Sandra Grisham whom she went to church with..Sorry I can’t come by due to health reasons,but all of you are in my prayers.
  17. Robert and Wendy Koss says:
    Jimmerta you will be missed here on earth! Heaven gained an awesome precious lady! Thanks for always be so sweet and kind to our family! Praying for JD and the rest of the family! Love the Koss family
  18. Elaine Wakely says:
    Jimmetra you will be missed. You were always there and a very dear friend. I will always remember all the fun times and laughs we had . Prayers to all the family.
  19. Sharon says:
    I am so sorry to hear the news about your mother. She was such a sweet and loving lady. She was one of those people that she never met a stranger. Always made you feel welcome. When I first met her I asked her to trust me on the order I was placing because it was a large order and she had never met me before. She took the order and from that point on we became friends. I would always send her my order through a text message and she would always answer me right away. I knew something had to be wrong when she didn’t respond but I never thought the reason was her I thought maybe someone else or something else was wrong. This was truly a shock for me and my heart goes out to her family