Evelyn L. Black Thornton, 77, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 in the Bacon County Hospital in Alma. She was born Nov. 23, 1934 in Appling County and had resided here all of her life. Evelyn was retired and before her retirement she was a seamstress and was employed with Ship-n-Shore for 30 years. She also had worked for the last 14 years with Sarah’s Flower Shop. Ms. Thornton was a member of Carter’s Chapel Church of God of Prophecy where she had served as a Sunday-School Teacher for 38 years. Evelyn was the daughter of the late J. D. “Jim” Black and the late Flora Butler Black.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and the Rev. Andrew Kersey, Wanda and Carl Kersey and Carolyn and Randy Medders, all of Baxley; one son, Harold “Buddy” Thornton of Baxley; three grandsons, Andy Kersey, Farrell Thornton and Jason Medders all of Baxley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Viola and George O’Neal of Brunswick and Melba and Vernon Thornton of Baxley; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter also survives.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 in the chapel of David E. Miles Funeral Home with the Revs. Lester Weldon and John R. Hutto officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Andy Kersey, Farrell Thornton, Jason Medders, Dillon Treat, Jerry Kersey and Wayne Dukes.
Honorary pallbearers were friends and members of Carter’s Chapel Church of God of Prophecy, Annette Cauley, Mary Baxley, Aletta Floyd, Bernie and Wanda Pierce, Franklin and Ann Barber, Paul and Linda Anderson, Elaine Reeves, Angel Baxley, Aubrey Thompson, Joan Carter, staff of Sarah’s Flower Shop, staff of Altamaha Home Health Care, Charline Carter, Jim and Janice Thompson and Al Stanley.
Arrangements were under the direction of David E. Miles Funeral Home.