Mrs. Willie Mae Crosby Thornton, age 92, of Waycross, passed away Monday morning (7/19/21) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Born March 6, 1929 in Bristol, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Gardner Crosby, Sr. and Lizzie Smith Crosby. She had lived many years in Patterson and was a 1946 graduate of Patterson High School. In high school, she was a star basketball player. She worked for 44 years for Swisher International in Waycross and had also been the secretary and treasurer of the union.
She was a longtime member of Patterson United Methodist Church and had attended the Adult Sunday School Class.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Bernard Lamar Thornton; 3 great grandchildren; her sister, Mae Dell Padgett; and 3 brothers, E.D. Padgett, D.C. Padgett, and T.G. Crosby, Jr.
Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Dwight Strickland of Lizella, GA and Melinda and Mike Monroe of Waycross; 4 grandchildren, Melissa Spillers (husband Donald) of Roberta, Stephanie Grantham (Rev. Chip) of Tifton, Stephen Strickland (wife Brandy) of Lizella, Lindy Monroe Tisdel (husband Matt) of Smyrna; 7 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Henry of Green Cove Springs, FL, Kay Lane of Blackshear, Danny Padgett of Alma, Terry Crosby of Waycross, Denise Setser of Waycross, and Debbie Crosby of Waycross; and several great nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A funeral service will take place Friday morning (7/23/21) at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday one hour prior to the service.
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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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