Harryette A. Thomas

Harryette (Boots) Thomas went home to be with the lord on Saturday, December 31, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones.

She is proceeded in death by her husband, Raymond Thomas; son, William Thomas; father Harry Gary; mother, Adeladie Gary; brothers, Jerry (Betty) Gary, Harry Gary Jr, Roscoe (Beverly) Gary and Forrest (Peggy) Gary; sisters Adeladie Raymond, Mary Ellen VanZant; and sister in law, Jackie Gary.

She is survived by her children Harvey Thomas (Dinah), Gary Thomas (Cindy), and Mary Miller; her brothers, Charlie Gary, Warren Gary (Beverly); sister, Caroline Gary; sister in law, Joan Gary ,Rita Gary; grandchildren Jeremy Thomas (Renea) , Daniel) Thomas (Jessica), Joshua Thomas (Heather), Tommy Miller (Maya) , Brandall Boice (Bear), Jarrett Ellis; great grandchildren, Michael, Shane McCracken, Bradley, Allison and Benjamin Boice; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss her dearly. Harryette was loved by all and devoted her life to helping others.

A viewing will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home Monday, January 9, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Any floral arrangements may be sent to Peninsula Funeral Home.


  1. Tressa Sinkfield

    Harryette, whom I referred to as Grandma, was an amazing woman. She was my Grandma for most of my childhood and part of my teenage years. although it was a “step” situation, you would have never known that. She treated me like blood. She was genuine, kind hearted, and would have given anyone the shirt off her back, if they needed it. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

  2. Mary Thomas

    I will also miss my Grandma dearly!! She showed me what being loved meant!! Grandma you will never leave my heart 💝!! Mary Shannon Thomas

  3. CC

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear love one. May you find comfort and peace in God’s promise to wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Revelation 21:4 Condolences

  4. Cynthia Earl

    I am very sorry for your great loss. I remember the wonderful conversations I had with Harryette, when I would pick Mary up for a girl’s night out. I also enjoyed her yard sales. She was such a wonderful person and will certainly be missed.

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