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Cynthia Mae Thacker, daughter of Ernest and Cynthia Ross Thacker, was born to this union February 19, 1949 in the Weeping Mary Community of Alto, Texas. She united with Weeping Mary Baptist Church at an early age. She was reared in the Weeping Mary Community where she attended school and church. It was during this time in her life that she developed a love for singing, music, and most of all her love for God.
Cynthia united in Holy Matrimony with L. Luster Foy of Kennard, Texas. After moving to Kennard, this union was blessed with two children and Cynthia gained three additional children to love and cherish. She worked and became a lifelong member of the community. It was during this time that she moved her membership and became a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. If there was a church service, she was often in attendance. She enjoyed Sunday Worship service, special services and occasions, and weekly Bible Study meetings. She wanted to help wherever needed although she knew her place was being a part of the music ministry. She found true joy by singing praises to her Lord and Saviour. She always had a song in her heart and would sing if needed or asked. Her love of music continued as she learned to play the piano. She later provided music assistance to Union Hill BC of Alto, Beria Baptist Church and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Kennard. During the COVID pandemic, she was overjoyed knowing that she could assist with Zoom services by singing and playing her piano at home, when asked by Pastor Purvis.
Cynthia received her Associate’s Degree from Angelina College. She worked for the Kennard ISD as an Elementary Secretary and retired after 30 years. As school secretary, she was able to touch many lives as she helped parents register students, assist staff and anyone in need, when they came to the office.
As a member of the community, she and her late husband were entrepreneurs. They owned and operated Foy’s Bar-B-Que, Foy’s Hay Baling and Foy’s Trash Pick-Up Services. Utilizing the skills she gained from her mother and others growing up, she developed a hobby of quilting that evolved into "The Little House of Patience Quilt and Antique Shop”. All quilts were made by her with love and were completely hand stitched and sewn. She loved searching for unique treasures, antique items and quilt pieces. In the early 2000’s, she also owned and operated “Miss Jodie’s Boutique” in Kennard. She wanted to provide boutique style to others in her community, without the hassle of traveling out of town. She loved attending family gatherings as well as the Delta luncheons and banquets that her daughter took her to.
Cynthia Mae Thacker Foy departed this life, peacefully, at Larkspur Nursing and Rehab on Monday, November 27, 2023. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, son (Michael Foy), parents, siblings (Mildred L. Thacker, Roy D. Thacker, Ira Lee Hart). Left to cherish her memory are her children, Luster R. Foy and LeNora Foy, both of Kennard, Texas, Paula Hackett (Fred) of Crockett and Luster Foy, Jr. of California; grandchildren, Melody Goffney (Jamie), Kristy Chavis (Kevin), Julius, Malakia, Tavarius, Brandon, Irving and Leiloni Foy; sisters, Sylvia Thacker and Velma Skinner (James Skinner) of Alto, Texas; brothers, Lee Odis Thacker of Dallas, Texas; Lee Earl Thacker and Willie Earl Thacker (Debra) of Alto, Texas; sister-in-law, Arrenda Teal of Dallas, Texas; special cousins, Joyce Adair, Romona Merritt of Kennard, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends who will truly miss her presence.