Dr. Priscilla Thomas celebrated her 80th birthday surrounded by her County Commission collegeaues, family members and friends last Friday evening at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Museum. Mayor Protem Van Johnson was the Toastmaster for this joyous occasion. The Jordinaires Singing Group performed a selection and dedicated it to their former music instructor, who was Dr. Priscilla Thomas.
Chatham County Comission Chairman Al Scott presented Dr. Priscilla Thomas with a resolution proclaiming Friday, October 24, 2014 as “Dr. Priscilla Thomas Day”. Rev. Harold Edwards, former Pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church; Col. George Bowen; Mohammed Adballah of the Chatham County Youth Commission and Rev. Aaron James, Pastor of First Bryan Baptist Church all made remarks about their relationship with the honoree, Dr. Priscilla Thomas.
Commissioner Thomas was elected to the Chatham County Commission in 1990. Her fellow Commissioners elected her “first” (female and minority) Vice Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Thomas is a native of Savannah and graduated from Tompkins High School. She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Savannah State College, a Master’s degree in Education and Administration/Supervision from Bradley University and a Ph.D. in Psychology/ Educational Administration from the University of North America. She retired as principal of Haven Elementary School after 30 years in education.
Thomas organized the Youth Commission of Chatham County, and the annually held “Summer Bonanza Partnership, Inc.,” a youth in action program designed to keep children off the streets, as well as providing them with the opportunity to get to know their community, its people, places, and things.
She and her husband Nathaniel have one daughter and one grandson. Dr. Thomas’ family are lifelong members of Fairlawn Baptist Church and First Bryan Baptist Church.