Delores Louise Thornberry, age 85, of Asheville, N.C., went home to receive her heavenly reward on June 2, 2014, surrounded by family members at her residence following a long illness.
Delores loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her passion for music, both vocal and playing the piano, was an inspiration for her family and friends.
She was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, later relocating to Asheville, N.C., with her husband and children.
She was the daughter of the late Monnie Gobble Pickel and Blaine Henry Pickel. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by sister, Charlotte Dean of Knoxville, Tennessee; and brother, Fred Pickel, of Johnson City, Tennessee.
She graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee, and later graduated from Tennessee Weslyan College (TWC) in Athens, Tennessee. During her tenure as a student at TWC she majored in voice and won the title of Miss TWC Beauty Pageant.
She was a member of Skyland United Methodist Church and had been a very active member in the choir, Sunday School class and the Women’s Circle.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing tennis, gardening and the outdoors. She and her husband were supportive of many charities and local agencies in time of need.
In addition to her parents, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband, James Robert Sr.; son, Rob Thornberry Jr. and wife, Debra; daughter, Teresa Peterson and husband, Stan; grandchildren included are grandson, Taylor Lovell, and granddaughter, Megan Brooks; brothers, Lee Roy Pickel and wife, Mildred, Jimmy Pickel and wife, Jean of Johnson City, Tennessee, George Pickel and wife, Pat, of Farragut, Tennessee; sister, Janice Burgess and husband, Jim Fields, of Raleigh, N.C.
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Hospice and Memorial Mission Hospital’s professional staff and support personnel for the care and their compassion for Delores during her time of illness.
A private family service will be held at Morris-Baker Funeral Home North Chapel in Johnson City, Tennessee, Friday, June 6, 2014, at 2:00 PM.
A procession will be leaving the funeral home at 2:45 PM to Monte Vista Memorial Park Cemetery for graveside committal service. Pastor Keith Turman officiating.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Thornberry family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Thornberry family. (423) 282-1521