Obituary | Thelma Rand Fennoy

Thelma Fennoy newspaper photoThelma Rand Fennoy, 98, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2018 with family by her side.  She was born in Cass County, Lodi, Texas to Mote and Idella Lockett Rand. She attended Jarvis Christian College and went on to attend Prairie View A&M College receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/History.  Subsequently, she attained a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH.  Additionally, she completed training in Reading at George Washington University, Washington, DC and the University of Maryland.  She worked as a reading specialist in the Maryland Public Schools until her retirement.

Thelma was married in November of 1942, to David Henderson Fennoy.  Two children were born to this union, Ilene Fennoy Lewis, a pediatric endocrinologist in New York City, and David Henderson Fennoy Jr., a musician, radio personality, and voice actor best known for his work in video games of Glendale, California.

Upon retirement, Thelma and David moved home to Lodi and became cattle ranchers. They were active in the community. Thelma, working as a substitute teacher, providing tutoring services, and writing a book for children about diabetes. She was active in her local church, Unity of Texarkana.  She was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated – Marshall All America City Chapter.

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Ilene and her husband Daulton J. Lewis; her son, David Jr. and his wife Monique Mitchell Fennoy; two granddaughters, Lee Danielle Fennoy Howell and Ilene Castille Lewis; a great grandson, Zidane Alford David Howell; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, as well as many friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Ebenezer CME Church of Lodi, Texas, 118 County Road 1775, Lodi, Texas 75564.  Visitation at Peoples Funeral Home of Marshall, Texas, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 1301 W Grand Ave, Marshall, Texas 75670. Interment, Whitaker Memorial Cemetery in Lodi, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests direct donations to American Diabetes Association, Southern Poverty Law Center or the United Negro College Fund. Addresses available at

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