Eleanor Ann (Roddenberry) Thornton

October 5, 1930 ~ May 23, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Eleanor Thornton Obituary

Mrs. Eleanor Ann Roddenberry Thornton, 92, of Bristol, passed away Tuesday evening, May 23, 2023, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

Born in Bristol, GA on October 5, 1930, she had lived in Bristol all her life.  Mrs. Eleanor was a 1949 graduate of Patterson High School.  She worked as a beautician for fifty years and loved it along with all of her customers.  She was a member of Bristol Baptist Church.  Sunday afternoons were spent cooking lunch for her family, which she loved to do for everyone and was extremely good at.  Mrs. Eleanor was always up for shopping, camping, or just traveling to the mountains.  She loved to watch the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves and enjoyed crocheting, reading books about the Amish, and listening to country & oldies music.  Mrs. Eleanor dearly loved her family and will be missed by all who knew her.       

She was a daughter of the late George & Ida Davis Roddenberry.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Willie Nolan “Bill” Thornton; a son, Mickey Thornton; a grandson-in-law, Jason Jordan; all three of her sisters, Christine Roddenberry, Betra Bryant and Nina Bennett; and her brother, George Roddenberry, Jr.   

Survivors include two daughters, Lana (DeWayne) Aldridge and Rosalind (Paul) Inman all of Blackshear; a son, Kelly (Margo) Thornton of Waycross; daughter-in-law, Mandy Thornton of Bristol; two sisters-in-law who she and her late husband help to raise, Helen Lee of Bristol and Hazel Bowen of Dublin; 13 grandchildren, Misty (Jamey) Perkins, Mickey (Cassie) Thornton, Mary Ann Jordan, Liz (Jason) Yarbrough, Matthew (Taylor) Aldridge, Shane (Rachel) Rountree, Zac Thornton (fiance', Maygen Peacock), Chris Inman, Logan Inman, Brad Inman, Holly Bagley, Skylar Dixon, and Carter Dixon; 10 Great grandchildren, Dalton Purvis, Garrett Thornton (fiance’, Denise), Dillon Perkins, Alli Perkins, Averie Thornton, Hunter Yarbrough, Ty Yarbrough, Savanna Jordan, Hanna Jordan, and Kase Aldridge; a great, great grandchild, Elijah Thornton; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanor will be held Friday afternoon, May 26, 2023, at 12:00 o’clock from the Bristol Baptist Church with Rev. Brett Howell and Rev. R. C. James officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.  

Members of the Adult Sunday school class are kindly requested to serve as honorary pallbearers and should meet at the church by 11:30 on Friday.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, GA  31501 or to the Southeast Cancer Unit, PO Box 667, Blackshear, GA  31516.

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May 26, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bristol Baptist Church
Bill Kimmons Road
Bristol, GA 31518

Funeral Service
May 26, 2023

12:00 PM
Bristol Baptist Church
Bill Kimmons Road
Bristol, GA 31518


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