Rita Wilkins Thompson, affectionately known in the community as Mrs. Rita, passed on August 22, 2021.
She is survived by her children, Deborha “Debbie” Randle, Cheryl Todman, Delia Bellamy, Jerome “Joey” Georges, Jimmy “Peewee” Georges, John “Tito” Louden Jr., Rodney Cotton; and her step-children, Tony, Darryl, and Jerry Thompson. In addition, her son-in-law, West Bellamy; daughter-in-law, Greshan Georges, (Ayesha Benbow, pending). As her children were fruitful and multiplied, she was blessed with grandchildren, Hakizimani Randle, Amber Velasquez, JennelyeTodman-Francis, Jennell Todman, Jecoi Todman, Tanaeja Leonard, Keanne Georges, Jayden Georges, Olivia Crystal, Lakia Leonard, Jazmine Ariel Dillion,Kiera Williams, John Louden Jr., Jaiden Louden, Nia Louden, Imani Louden; grandsons-in-law, Giovanni Michael Valasquez, Shandale Francis; and great-grandchildren, Kemauni Christine, Aija Kaylee, Kamryn Elise, Aaric Jermaine Randle, Xavier, Olivia Valasquez, Jeleah Cargill, Jason Cargill Jr., and Marsalis Stewart. She is also survived by her siblings, Lola Farrington, Sylvia Son, Orah Alexander, Ina Chalwell, Beverly Johnson, Dora Lettsome, Alma Johnson, Josephus Wilkins; sister-in-law, Venie Wilkins; brothers-in-law; Samuel Cephus Lettsome, Tadio Lettsome, Wilfred Turnbull, Neftaly Mandanado, and Melvin Johnson; her aunt, Delita Baxter; and uncles, Eric and Joseph Frett.
On Saturday August 8, 1942 on the British Virgin Island of Tortola, Rita Wilkins was born to the proud parent of Constancia Sylvannita and Ezekiel Uriah Wilkins. She received her early education in Tortola, BVI. Ms. Rita, as she was affectionately known by most, was very adventurous and always on a journey for a better life for herself and family. To know her is to agree that she was a kind, caring, sharing, generous, compassionate, joyful, and full of energy lady. She wasn’t afraid to step out in faith believing that she would accomplish her dreams, aspirations and quality of life. Ms. Rita left the Island of Tortola, BVI to reside in the neighboring island of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She later moved to Puerto Rico, USVI, then New York, California, back to New York and after retirement South Carolina. Ms. Rita was married to the late Fletcher “Pops” Thompson. They were both employed by the Wyndham Hotel for many years before their retirement. Upon retirement, they decided to enjoy retirement in South Carolina. After the passing of her husband, “Pops,” Ms. Rita decided to remain in South Carolina and refused to relocate to any other location outside of South Carolina. Her reasoning was that she made a promise to her husband that they would live in South Carolina and since she was a woman of her word, she will not break that promise.
On August 22, 2021, Ms. Rita slipped away quietly as she departed this earth to her final journey to be with our Lord and Savior. Her battle with dementia and other complications all came to an end. May she rest in eternal peace.