Phyllis Nadine Dennis Thornton, 85 of Graceville, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., following a brief illness. Ms. Phyllis Nadine was born in Roanoke, Va., on Dec. 23, 1928 to the late Robert Earl and Zola Mae Smith Stewart. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, and all who were blessed to know her loved her. Mrs. Phyllis Nadine worked in retail most of her life and was a member of First Baptist Church Graceville.
Proceeded in death by two brothers, Walter and Ray Stewart, and one sister, Mary Frances Kenley.
She is survived by her eight children, Joyce Stringer, Graceville, Barbara "Bobbi" Shumaker, Graceville, Wayne Dennis (Beverly), Moss Point, Miss., Tommy Dennis (Betty), Graceville, Debra Gardner (Jack), Graceville, Virginia Turner (Dennis), Valley, Ala., Richard Dennis, Graceville and Tracey Dennis, Graceville; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held 11 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Barber and the Rev. Johnny Jones officiating. Burial followed in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home of Graceville directing. Family received friends at the funeral home from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday. Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.jamesandlipford.com