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Frances Nabers Thornton

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Aug. 2, 2020

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GRAY: Frances Nabers Thornton, 90, of Gray, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Bradley Baptist Church. The Reverend Steve Johnson officiated. The family greeted friends Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Bradley Baptist Church. Interment was held at Bradley Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bradley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 61, Gray, GA 31032.

Before retiring from Jones County Department of Family and Children Services in 1984, Mrs. Thornton worked as a secretary at Bibb Manufacturing Company, Lynn Haven Nursing Home, and was a co-owner of Thornton Grocery Store in Bradley. She was a member of Bradley Baptist Church, where she was a former children’s Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. She was also a former director of WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) and former member of the Gray Garden Club. She loved fishing, gardening, cooking, collecting recipes, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Mrs. Thornton was preceded in death by her brother, Maurice Nabers Jr., sister, Margaret Welsh, great-grandchild, Breanna Thornton, and daughter-in-law, Deborah Smith Thornton.

Mrs. Thornton is survived by her husband of 71 years, George Cornelious Thornton of Gray; children, Neil (Margaret) Thornton of Gray, Sam (Joan) Thornton of Monticello, Paul (Ellen) Thornton (Ellen) of Dahlonegha, Jan (Norm) Greene of Gray, Edward (Lee) Thornton of Greensboro, and Joe (Tanya) Thornton of Gray; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Hart’s Jones County Chapel, Hart’s Mortuary and Cremation Center, 307 Pecan Lane, Gray, GA 31032 had charge of the arrangements.