ZANEIS — Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Adah (Thomas) Tiner, 97 of Zaneis is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Zaneis Baptist Church with Rev. Spence McConnell and Rev. John Hatfield officiating. Interment will follow to Ringling Memorial Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home in Wilson.
Mary was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Claypool, to the late Mr. Johnny Isaac “J.I.” Thomas and Mrs. Nancy Ellen (Baker) Thomas. She departed from this life on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Wilson Nursing Center.
Mary was raised near Claypool at the old Red Hill attending school there. She married a young man, A.C. “Smoky” Tiner of Stonewall, on Dec. 5, 1937, at Cornish. At this time, they worked on a ranch for the Ott Burnett Ranch. They moved to Pontotoc with Mr. Burnett farming and ranching moving back to this area in 1953. Mary always helped with the farm and cattle residing at Zaneis and also worked as an Avon representative for many years. Mary had a very green thumb raising many vegetables and flowers and was quite the seamstress making all her kids clothes and quilts. She had worked on the election board for years, loved to play dominoes and bingo. Mary attended Zaneis Baptist Church for many years until her health permitted her from going.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, A.C. “Smoky” Tiner on June 10, 1978; daughter who was a twin to Robert, Mary Cantwell on Aug. 19, 2003; sons in law, James Cantell and Gary Rich; brothers, R.D. Thomas and Robert “Dick” Thomas; sisters, Dorothy Rogers and Roberta Lanier and by a granddaughter, Katrina Wimer.
Mary is survived by her children, Robert Tiner and wife Jo Dean of Lake Kiowa, Texas, Sherry Rich of Graham and Terry Tiner and wife Rose of Zaneis; brothers, Vernie Thomas of Perryton, Texas, and Jr. Thomas of Ponotoc; grandchildren, James Alan Cantwell and wife Susan, Randy Cantwell and wife Brenda, Kathy Hammons and husband Bill, Brad Tiner, Becky Opp and husband Douglas, J.C. Choate and wife Kelly, Jackie Demps and husband Cory and Lisa Stewart and husband Mike; 27 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Choate, Brad Tiner, James Alan Cantwell, Randy Cantwell, Bill Hammons and Douglas Opp. Honorary bearers are Jr. Thomas, Vernie Thomas, Mark Means, John Stanton, Lavell Engle and Lindsey Southward.
A family visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Alexander Funeral Home in Wilson.
Online condolences may be made at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.