Candice Thorne

Offerman City Councilwoman Candice Thorne passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Jacksonville after a brief battle against the coronavirus. She was 34.

“She was always smiling and just a sweet person. She was just a special part of our Offerman family,” said Offerman Mayor Brenda Denison. “It is just a terrible loss.”

Thorne was set to begin serving her third full term on the Offerman City Council in January.

By appointment, she filled out the time remaining on the term of her father, Ray Thorne, who died suddenly in April 2013. She was then elected to a full term in November 2013.

Denison said Ms. Thorne was such a good council member.

“She was dedicated to our city and our community,” she said.

Thorne was a lifelong resident of Offerman and a 2005 graduate of Pierce County High School. She worked for the past 14 years as a phlebotomist at Bacon County Hospital and Health System in Alma.

She was a member of True Life Church in Patterson.

Family and friends recall that her “smile lit up a room” and she enjoyed singing and having fun with the ones she loved.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, from the New Life Church in Blackshear.

For a full obituary, please see page 3.