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Mary Adeline (Thornton) O'Banion

October 2, 1933 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Mary Adeline O'Banion Obituary

Mrs. Mary Adeline Thornton O’Banion, 90, of Offerman, passed away early Sunday morning, January 7, 2024, at her residence.

Born in Offerman, GA on October 2, 1933, she lived in Hollywood, FL for a while before moving back to Offerman several years ago.  She, along with her husband, owned a chicken house for years raising chickens for market before going to work at the Pierce County Nursing Home, where she retired after 30 years.  She worked as a volunteer for Ombudsman where she helped inspect nursing homes after her retirement.  She loved to write having written many Christian songs as well as many diaries.  She was of the Pentecostal faith and was a great prayer warrior.  She loved calling and checking on family and friends to make sure they were okay and always ended the call by saying, “I love you”.

She was a daughter of the late Simon Winfield Thornton and Magnola King Thornton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Terry “Tex” Hugh O’Banion; her son, Maurice Tex O’Banion; a daughter, Diane Lee O’Banion Head; all three of her sisters, Lola Grace Draffin, Nola Mae Tyre, and Evonne Gurganus; and all three of her brothers, Rufus S. “Shorty” Thornton, Thomas E. “Tom” Thornton, and Winfield “Fee” Thornton.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte Gail & Deryl Ammons of Offerman; a daughter-in-law, Barbara O'Banion of Offerman; a son-in-law, Rick (Sandy) Head of Blackshear; 8 grandchildren, Regina Ammons Gay (Bobby), Eric O’Banion, Michael O’Banion (Chessica), Terry O’Banion (Sarah) Sarah O’Banion Chancey (Michael), Chris Bond (Christy), Kia Bond, and EJ Head (Lora); 13 great grandchildren, Chyan Blankenship, Quinton Rosa, Chrissie Adeline O’Banion, Mariana O’Banion Daniels (Snapper), Mikell Bond, Lucy Bond, Caitlyn O’Brien, M. J. White, Amari White, Rylee Head, Greyson Head, Ryker Head, and Andrew Davis; a great, great grandchild, Colbi Rae Daniels; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives all of whom she loved dearly.

Funeral services for Mrs. O’Banion will be held Wednesday morning, January 10, 2024, at 11:00 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Interment will be in the Offerman Cemetery.

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Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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January 10, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
January 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516


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