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“Was always the nicest woman to my Friends and I and would let us play in the creek every time it flooded! Which was very often back then ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Larry Moore - Abingdon, VA

“Opal's friends and extended family at Feeding America Southwest Virginia wish to express their most heartfelt sympathy to her loved ones. She was...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Freda Blevins - Abingdon, VA

“Granny Opal was an amazing woman. I met her through my childhood best friends Roseanna and Misty her granddaughters from her son who passed when...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jeanette Hope - Bristol, VA

“You have our heart felt sympathy, love all of you, you are in our thoughts & prayers ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Doyle & Kaye Hensley - Whitetop, VA

“Zane you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Melinda Sarver - Parrott, VA

“I am so sorry about the passing of Ms Opal.She was a great lady. I am honored to be a friend if hers.Prayers sent for comfort for her family ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Ronda Coley - Mt Pleasant

“Zane an Jill I am sorry very sorry for the loss of your mother an grandmother. May she be at peace now. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Angie Stoots - Newberry, FL

“My dearest Opal you were my friend an my mother in law an more of a mom than my own mother. Because of you an your son I have two beautiful daughters...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Angie Stoots - Newberry, FL

“Zane , I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing . Sending love and prayers . ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lisa Robertson - Johnson City, TN


Opal Violet Roop Thomas, 83 of Narrows, gained her angel wings at home in the loving care of her family on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017. She was born in Grayson County, Virginia on September 14, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Howard and Gracie Blevins Roop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George Irvin Thomas, Jr.; a son, Anthony Wayne Thomas; and two sisters, Peggy Hamm and Blanche Powers.

She was a longtime employee of McDonald's on Lee Highway in Bristol, Virginia, where she was a biscuit maker. She was also active in Feeding America in Abingdon, Faith in Action in Abingdon, past-president of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW in Bristol, Tennessee. She was also a member of Hale's Chapel United Methodist Church. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, she will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Left to cherish her memory are a son, Zane Thomas and wife Donna; three great grandsons, Michael, Jayson, and Shaine, all of the home; six grandchildren, five additional great grandchildren; five sisters; one brother and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows officiated by Pastor W.R. Johnston and Pastor Barbara Weatherly. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 noon until just prior to the service. At her request, Opal Violet was cremated. Burial of cremains will be held Saturday at 4:00 PM at the Old Baptist Cemetery on Forest Hill Drive in Glade Spring, Virginia with Rev. Jack Sprinkle officiating. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider Feeding America.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at riffefuneralservice.com.