Leon "God Did It" Thames


Sunrise: August 15, 1941

Sunset: February 19, 2019


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Two o’clock in the Afternoon


Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

4319 Rowe Dr. ⟡ Summerton, SC

Reverend David Lawson

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, our beloved Brother Leon Thomas Thames, widower of Argenell Adams-Thames, departed our earthly realm at Lake Marion Nursing Facility in Summerton, South Carolina.  

 Born in Clarendon County, on August 15, 1941; he was a son of the late Johnny Jr. and Janie Elouise Levy Thames.

 As a lad, Leon attended the public schools of Clarendon County. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined Calvary Baptist Church in White Plains, NY under the Leadership of Reverend Dr. Lester Cousin. Prior to retirement, Leon worked as a Mover, with North American Van Lines.


Leon praised the Lord at all time. He was a jovial, humorist person and the house Domino King – whenever he won, you’d hear “Dom-Me-No”. Leon enjoyed singing, planting a garden & barbecuing a hog and fishing with his best partner – “Argenell” in NY and Micky in SC. Leon touched the lives of everyone he encountered.

 In 2002, he was joined in holy matrimony to the former Argenell D. Andrews Adams; this year, they would have celebrated 39 years together and 17 years of marriage, on March 2.


 “Leon” leaves to cherish his loving memories one daughter, Sharon Thames-Simms of Manning; four step-sons, Burgess Gaymon of Summerton, Jimmie Gaymon of Baltimore MD, Samuel J. (Cynthia) Adams of Columbia and England E. Adams of Sumter; three step-daughters, Ursula A. Singletary of Columbia, reared as his own Ainasia Adams of Sumter and special step-daughter, Regina A. Meynard of the home; 41 grandchildren; two brothers, George and Roosevelt Thames; one special sister, Williene Jackson Wright there to the very end; one special friend, George Stone; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.


 In addition to his parents and spouse, he was also preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.