2018-02-03 / Obituaries

Emily L. Johnson Thornton

Mrs. Emily L. Johnson Thornton, age 85, of 1561 Pin Oak Ct., departed this life Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 in Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, after a lengthy illness. She was a native of Caswell County and a member of Christian Apostolic Holiness Church in Leasburg.

In addition to her husband, James D. Thornton, she is preceded in death by two sons, David R. “Doll” Thornton and Jerry Lee Thornton; six brothers, Andrew, Isaac, John Thomas, James Henry, Joe and McKinley Johnson; and three sisters, Lucy Springfield, Elizabeth Eaddy and Minnie Neal; and her granddaughter, Martina Thornton.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory two daughters, Betty Malachi (Wilson) and Barbara Allen; two daughters-in-law, Sarah and Brenda Kaye; five grandchildren, Tony Paylor (Krystal) of Durham,  Tara Gail Paylor-Leon (Jose`), Tonia L. Allen and Randall D. Thornton; nine great-grandchildren,  Duane, Tiana, Danisha, Tashia, Jarrian, Tiara, Kaila, Randall, Jr. and Sage; three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Cordelia Green;  a special grandson-in-law, Terry Hatchett; and a host of nieces, nephews, other additional relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Christian Apostolic Holiness Church, 5445 McGhee’s Mill Road, Semora, NC 27343 with the Bishop Kenneth Black, pastor, officiating and providing the eulogy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home.

The body will lie in state in the church for one hour prior to the service.

Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors are in charge of the service of comfort for Mrs. Emily L. Johnson.

Online condolences may be expressed at cunninghamnelsonfuneralhome.com.

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