Farris H. Thornton Sr.
Farris H. Thornton Sr., 80, affectionately known by his family and friends as “Pork Chop,” passed away Monday (April 25, 2016) at home surrounded by his family.
A resident of Pierce County for the past 44 years, he was born Aug. 29, 1935 in Wayne County to the late Julian and Lillian Griffin Thornton.
He was a pipefitter by trade and was a member of the Local Pipefitters Union 177 for more than 45 years. He was a hard worker with a good sense of humor who enjoyed farming in his spare time. He served his community on the city council of Offerman for 16 years and was a member of New Life Assembly of God.
In addition to his parents, his brother, H.C. Thornton, and his son-in-law, Ray Thorne, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Linda Horton Thornton, of Offerman; seven children, Cynthia Thornton and adopted daughter, Deborah Tamms, of Blackshear, Brinson and Debbie Hodges Thornton, of Blackshear, Annette Thorne, of Offerman, Phillis and Allen Smith, of Mershon, Darlene and Tony Thorne, of Patterson, Farris Thornton Jr. (wife, Cheryl), Thomas Thornton, of Offerman, and Valerie and Shon Thornton, of Patterson; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Roberta Thornton, of Griffin, Dewane and Hazel Thornton, of K’Ville, Ralph and Diane Thornton, of Hoboken, and Billy and Joan Thornton, of Jesup; one sister, Jackie Thornton Williford (husband, Bobby), of Jesup; his aunt, Evelyn Griffin Tapley, of Hoboken; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Visitation was 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
The funeral is today at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God in Blackshear with the Rev. Andy Peacock, the Rev. Ion Johns and the Rev. Blake Thorne officiating.
Interment will follow in Offerman Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be his grandsons, Anthony, Justin and Blake Thorne, Josh, Aaron, Hunter, Lance and Michael Thornton and Matthew Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, grandsons-in-law and members of the Local Pipefitters Union 177.
Sympathy may be expressed at the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home, Jesup, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jane Thigpen
Mary Jane Thigpen, 64, died Monday (April 25, 2016) at Memorial Health in Savannah following a sudden illness.
She was born in Fernandina Beach, Fla., and lived most of her life in Jesup and then in Blackshear before moving to Lyons where she lived for the past two years.
She was the daughter of the late Clarence Joseph Edens Sr. and Ruth McPherson Platt. She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Carol Edens.
She worked in the medical field most of her life. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved to go camping and fishing but most of all she loved her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Thigpen, of Lyons; one son, Corey McLendon, of Jesup; one step-daughter, Missi Thigpen, of Lyons; two grandchildren, Richard Calvin Thigpen III, of Brunswick, and Kellan Hodges, of Lyons; two brothers, Clarence Edens (wife, Elaine), of Jackson, Miss., and Robert Edens, of Calcasieu, La.; one sister, Jeanie Purvis (husband, Gerald), of Blackshear; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Little Utah Cemetery in Atkinson County.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Mae Steedley
Dorothy Mae Harris Steedley, 95, of Nahunta, passed away Wednesday (April 27, 2016) at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Nahunta, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Noah Harris and Clifford Amanda Highsmith Harris. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Seward Edgar Steedley, her daughter, Merle Finnette Scarborough, her son, Julian Edgar Steedley, two brothers, Conrade Harris and William Harris, two sisters, Maude Cleland and Solena Steedley, her granddaughter, Anna Lee O’Neal, and her son-in-law, Coleman Prescott.
She was a member of Riverside Chapel Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed planting flowers, crocheting and cooking.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Shirley Steedley, of Folkston; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ann Prescott, of Jacksonville, Jeanette and Buddy Cato, of Nahunta; her daughter-in-law, Linda Marion, of Raybon; nine grandchildren, Richy, Brian, Ronda, Eric, Alan, Chris, Clifford, Amanda and Mischelle; 19 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 9 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Wainright officiating.
Burial will follow in Little Buffalo Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com