Georgianna King Thibodo-Morris, 80, of Southport went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 1, 2015.
Ms. Morris was born Oct. 1, 1935 in Southport and was the daughter of the late William and Sadie Gore King. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janna Dunn; three brothers, William King, Raphael King, Donald King; and a sister, Sadie Ruth Gore.
Ms. Morris was a Southport native. She graduated from the Brunswick County Training High School with honors in 1953. She worked in cancer research for 12 years and then she began her career in nursing. She received her nursing degree from Kansas Community College in Kansas City. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Park College in Kansas City, Missouri and received her master’s in education at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She was the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career and volunteered with many organizations. She was co-founder of the Brunswick County cancer support group. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Southport. She was a member of the Southport Woman’s Club and a volunteer at Dosher Memorial Hospital, Southport Elementary School and the N.C. Public Health Association, where she received the Direct Service Award. She was the first African American to receive the Community Service Award from the Boston Public Health Commission.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her two children, Hazel Sanders Sparrow of Daytona Beach, Florida, and son, Kyle Thibodo of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandchildren, Andre Sparrow of Boston, Massachusetts, Korrie Sparrow of Atlanta, Georgia, Adrian Dunn of Chicago, Illinois, and Antoine Dunn of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Khalil Willingham, Kingston Irizarry and Uzuri Sparrow; a brother, Ted King of Southport and his wife Nellie.
A service to celebrate the life and home going of Ms. Morris will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport. Burial will follow in the John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Service, 1411 N. Howe St., Southport.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock-Newnam and White.
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