Mary Thornton

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Mary R. Thornton, 89

FAISON — Mrs. Mary Susan Register Thornton, 89, of 1695 Panhandle Road, died at Transitions Hospice Care, Raleigh, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

The funeral will be held Friday, July 11 at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Richard Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Born in 1924 in Sampson County, Mrs. Thornton was the daughter of the late Hervy Haywood and Lonie Vera Malpass Register. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was the widow of Mr. James Henry Thornton.

She is survived by a daughter, Fran Christian and husband, Onnie of Garner; son, Jimmy Thornton and wife, Betsy of Faison; sister, Faye Honeycutt of Clinton and her caregiver, Lee Sanders; four grandchildren, Brian Thornton, Greg Thornton, Kim Campbell and Brock Christian; and three great-grandchildren, Will Thornton, Graham Thornton and Everly Rae Campbell.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Eveline Jenks, Grazelle Naylor, and Vermille Elder, and a brother, Earnway Register.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-3 p.m. in the church fellowship hall and other times at the home of her son, 1650 Panhandle Road, Faison.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Piney Grove Baptist Church, 2600 N. McCullen Road, Faison, NC 28341.

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Royal-Hall Funeral Home is honored to serve the Thornton family.

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Published in The Sampson Independent from July 9 to July 10, 2014