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Agie "Thorny" Thornsberry

Agie "Thorny" Thornsberry September 13, 1924-February 11, 2013 Daddy was born September 13, 1924 in Kite, Kentucky. He is survived by siblings, Selmer Thornsberry, Lois (Thornsberry) Howard (husband, Rev. Donald), and Docia (Thornsberry) Mayes, brothers-in-law, Mid Johnson (wife Faye), and Ed Johnson (wife, Donna), and several nieces and nephews; sons, Douglas Thornsberry (wife, Carole), James Thornsberry (wife, Janice), Robert Thornsberry (wife, Cynthia); daughter Patricia Thornsberry Ciarcia (husband, Daniel); daughter-in-law Barbara Thornsberry: and his loving partner, Barbara J. Reitz. He was predeceased by wife Magdalene and son Dean Thornsberry; also brothers Elmer, Delmer, Marion and Dennis. He has eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren who rocked his world. He served in the Marine Corps during WWII. While serving, he was involved in breaking the beaches in five theaters in the Pacific. He was severely wounded at Okinawa, Japan where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was last employed at Anker Holt machine shop in Pt. Huron, MI, as a machinist. He retired to Florida in 1978 where he lived until his death. After battling health issues since July, Daddy finally readied himself for his journey home and as he grew weary we remember this Bible verse, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31. " Though we will miss you Daddy, we live by God's promise to see you again. Until then, we hold tightly to that promise and our precious memories. There will be a full military burial done at Mount Pleasant cemetery in Goodells, Michigan over the July 4th, 2013 holiday.


Published in The Times Herald on Feb. 17, 2013
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