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Frankie Drayton Thomas was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated in 1950. Frankie returned to West Palm Beach and became the first black college-trained social worker hired by the Department of Public Welfare. She enjoyed a career as a social worker in both Florida and Washington.

Charmette Frankie married James Thomas, Sr.,  and had two children, James Thomas, Jr. and Attorney Iola Thomas Mosely.  She initiated the annual contribution to Howard University Cancer Center and was very involved in many political, social and family endeavors. She served in many capacities in her local Charmettes chapter, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Chaplain and Parliamentarian. She served the national organization as President, Vice-President, Parliamentarian, Historian and Executive Director.  Charmette Frankie Drayton Thomas passed away in February 2010.

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