Aug. 12, 1922 – April 28, 2020
Graveside services for Hattie Mae Thomas Prudhomme were May 2 in the graveyard of St. Mary Baptist Church on Keyser Avenue with the Rev. Adonul Brinson officiating and Dr. Rev. Elbert Demery Jr. assisting.
Pall barriers were Mark Hamilton Sr., Mark Hamilton Jr., Thomas Smith, Michael Harris, Matthew Hamilton and Tyrell Small.
STEPPING STONES TO GLORY
The Holy Bible, the book of prescriptive living, promises a life span of three score and 10. The word contained within the Scripture formed the guidepost by which our loved one lived by on this earthly sojourn. God knew she was tired and called Hattie Mae Thomas Prudhomme home at the rightful age of 99.
She was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Natchitoches to the late Albert B. Thomas Sr. and Louise Blake Thomas. She was the 10th of 12 children which blessed this union.
Hattie, Hattie Mae, Mrs. Prudhomme, Sister Prudhomme, Mama, G.G. Hattie, as she was affectionately known, was a faithful and active member of St. Mary Baptist Church on Cane River until her health declined. Her Christian discipleship led to her involvement in many of the church organizations including the Choir, Deaconess Board and the Mission Board. Additionally, she was the organizer of many of the former and current programs presented in the congregation’s ministry.
She loved to sing church songs and could often be heard at her clothesline early in the morning vocalizing songs of joy. This fiercely independent lady obtained her education during the formative years at the Natchitoches Parish Training School and was a proud member of the Graduating Class of 1943 of whom she is the last to transition from time to eternity. Her thirst to become “prepared to serve” motivated her to matriculate at what was then called Grambling College and now, Grambling State University. She earned a degree in Elementary Education.
Her career resume’ shows that her molding of students’ lives was spread abroad to a number of schools in Natchitoches Parish. Upon retirement, she had to credit an admirable tenure of service for more than three decades and was loved by her students both black and white. She was very active in her community and loved to cook and bake cakes. Each holiday she would feed the sick and shut–in of her community. It was like unto a ministry or calling on her life.
Hattie will be united in heaven with her husband of 49 years, Joseph Lloyd Prudhomme Jr.; her infant daughter, Donna Joe Prudhomme; mother and father; and 11 siblings, Frank, Edgar, James, Joseph, Lester, Herdese, Kelso, Eloise, Norris, Albert Jr. and Annie B.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Josie Prudhomme Hamilton (Mark Sr.); two grandchildren, Markita Hamilton Small (Tyrell) and Mark Hamilton Jr. (Taylor); two great-grandchildren, Avery J. Small and Tatum J. Hamilton, all of Natchitoches; five sisters-in-law, Lillie Mae Thomas of Houston, Oscarine Whatley, Shawn Hayes, Sammie Nell Coleman and Clarggie Gray, all of Natchitoches; brothers–in-law, Klairon Coleman and Sammy Coleman of Natchitoches and Claudell Coleman of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, nephews, cousins and those that loved her like she was their mother.
Hattie never gave up and she always put herself last. She was honest in all ways and instilled that value in her family. She saw the glass half full, not half empty, and she had a sharp wit; she could make you laugh when you least expected it, and she loved chocolate. To know her was to love her! Most will remember her for that inimitable strut in her high heels and those fashionable suits topped off with hats forevermore.
Hattie didn’t leave us. She returned to God because her work down here was done; and what a job she did!
The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and any expressions of sympathy they may have rendered. Special thanks to her cousin, Rose Timmon, for her untiring devotion to her while she was in the nursing home facility. Also thanks to her niece, Marjorie Harris, for her devoted time and service to her.