CALLAO—Olive Jeane Lewis Thrift (also known as “Poodle”) went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 18, 2023. She was a devout Christian lady and lived her life for the Lord.
She was born on May 2, 1943, in Owltown, to Hilda and Grayson Lewis. She was the youngest of five children. Her father died when she was two years old. Her mother married Dan Davis when she was 12. He was the only father she ever knew.
She graduated from Northumberland High School in 1961 and married the love of her life, Joseph B. Thrift Jr, the same year. They were married 45 years before his passing in 2006.
Olive Jeane helped her parents run their country store in Haynesville for 25 years. Later she worked at Centerview Self Service in Warsaw, Dodson’s Auto Sales selling many cars through the years, and enjoyed substituting at Richmond County Schools. She was also known as “Poodle the Clown,” and did many children’s birthday parties.
She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Callao, teaching Sunday school for over 50 years, leading missions and GA’s, and singing in the choir. She had a profound impact on many children’s lives and loved her church family dearly.
She was famous for her lemon meringue pie and card ministry, and delivered many pies to her friends, family and community. She loved writing poetry, westerns and Elvis. Olive Jeane loved people and never met a stranger. She was loved by everyone she knew. She was happy, kind, loving and a true lady until the end. She was a blessing to her family.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Daphne and Michael Winebarger; the “Light of her life,” her grandson Jacob (Amanda); her precious great-granddaughter, little Ava Marie; her sisters-in-law, Joyce Jean Hudson, Nancy Parr and Patricia Robinson; her companion for 22 years Bubba the parrot; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joe; her parents; and her siblings, Dorothy Abbott, Edna Bush, Marjorie Hanks and Grayson Lewis.
The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at Bethany Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, with visitation starting at 1 p.m., at Bethany Baptist Church. Interment will follow the service at Totuskey Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank her caregivers who took such great care of her in her last few weeks, her sister-in-law Joyce Jean and her niece Linda Ashton. A big thanks to Riverside Hospice who made her feel loved and comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Riverside Hospice, 4719 Richmond Road, Warsaw, VA 22572 or Richmond County Emergency Medical Services, 152 Community Park Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572.