Thelma Wise

Thelma Louise Wise (Sexton)

Friday, September 2nd, 1921 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Thelma Louise Sexton Wise, 98, of Salem, died on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Snyder Nursing Home.

She was born on September 2, 1921 at White Gate in Giles County, VA, a daughter of the late James and Kate (Gustler) Sexton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Lee Wise and grandson, Geoffrey Stafford Wise.

Survivors include a son, James Curtis Wise and wife Jerra of Waynesboro; granddaughters, Benée Wise Curtis (Christopher) and Micheline Wise Williams (Robert); great-grandchildren, Graham, Ewan and Callum Curtis, and James, Elizabeth and Geoffrey Williams.

Thelma had a 42 year successful career with the Kroger Company as an administrative assistant in the Meat Merchandising Department of the Mid Atlantic District. She and Bennie were longtime members of the West Salem Baptist Church. They enjoyed many years as members of the Salem Senior Center.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2PM, Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Chapel of John M. Oakey & Son, Salem. Pastor Nick Shaffer will officiate. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Salem Baptist Church 500 Turner Rd. Salem, VA 24153. An online guestbook is available for family and friends by visiting

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Nick Shaffer
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 |
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, VA 24012
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Posted at 11:25am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Kourtney, David, Caroline, & Charlie Tuxhorn, Megan, Madison, Connor, & Carter Gee
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Vickie Sword

Posted at 04:36pm
Dear family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. While I did not know Thelma, I understand she was a huge part of the Salem Senior Center for many years. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Vickie Sword, Supervisor, Salem Senior Center

Priscilla Montgomery

Posted at 01:18pm
Family of sweet Thelma i worked with Thelma at Kroger for a long time. She was best friends with my two great aunts Mae and Kat Obenchain. Thelma made the absolutely best pound cakes no one could come close. God bless, Priscilla Hayes Montgomery. .

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