Sarah Frances Campsen, lovingly known as Frances, passed away at the age 84 on Friday, February 2, 2024, in Spartanburg, SC. She was born on June 1, 1939, in Spartanburg, SC, one of twelve children, to her late parents, W. Smith Thomas, Sr., and Lois Seay Thomas. Frances leaves behind a legacy of compassion, kindness, and a zest for life that will be cherished by all who knew her.
Frances dedicated 32 years of her career to Southern Shops Daycare as a preschool teacher. She had a special bond with each child she taught and was deeply loved by them. Her nurturing nature and passion for education left an indelible mark on the lives of countless children.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Frances had a love for travel. Often when she was invited on a trip with family and friends, she accepted the invitation. Whether it was exploring the mountains or relaxing by the beach, she found joy in new experiences and cherished moments spent with loved ones. Hanging out with her sisters was another source of happiness for Frances. The bond they shared brought laughter and support into her life.
Frances had a thirst for knowledge and enjoyed reading immensely. Collecting cookbooks became one of her hobbies, and she delighted in trying out new recipes to share with family and friends. Her hospitality extended beyond the classroom; she always found joy in sharing delicious meals and creating memorable experiences. Frances's warm personality endeared her to everyone around her. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and treated them with utmost kindness. Her compassionate nature made her a friend to all who crossed her path. Frances had a quick wit and loved to joke around, always bringing smiles to those around her with her infectious laughter.
One of Frances's proudest accomplishments was being a long-time member of Gravely Memorial United Methodist Church, where she loved singing in the choir. Her dedication to her faith was evident in her involvement and the joy she found within her church.
Frances spent a great deal of time watching the birds in her yard come and go. As she tended to her flowers, it was a beautiful invitation to the birds and butterflies to come calling on her.
Crafting was another outlet through which Frances showcased her creativity. She enjoyed arts and crafts, coloring, crossword puzzles, and creating beautiful handmade items. Her crafty creations not only reflected her talent but also served as heartfelt gifts for those she held dear.
Frances is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward Eugene "Gene" Campsen, who passed away in 2015. She is also preceded in death by five brothers; Dean Thomas, Jack Thomas, Richard "Bodie" Thomas, Jerry Thomas, and W.S. "Buddy" Thomas, Jr., and two sisters: Allene Lark and Carolyn Matthews. Though she will be greatly missed, Frances leaves behind a community of family and friends who will forever carry memories of her joyful presence.
Frances is survived by her daughter, Sarah Ann Keffer (Carl) of Inman. She is also survived by three sisters; Brenda Garrett of Pacolet, Sherry Reid (Marvin) of Campobello, Janice Brown of Hendersonville TN, and a brother, Jimmy Thomas (Betty) of Fayetteville, TN. Additionally, she leaves behind a large extended family and friends whose lives have been touched by her kindness and love.
The visitation for Frances will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel located at 2075 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29307. A funeral service to honor Frances's life will follow the visitation at the same location from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Scott Gilmer officiating.
Memorials may be made to Gravely Memorial United Methodist Church, 7400 Lone Oak Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29303 or to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.