Barbara Ann Thornton Mobley, 88, of Patterson, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Patterson December 8, 1931, she had lived in Pierce County all of her life. She was a 1948 graduate of Patterson High School. She had briefly worked as a telephone operator in Waycross before pursuing her calling and obtaining her Licensed Practical Nurse degree. She had worked at Baptist Village as well as Riverside Nursing Homes over the years but working as a private duty nurse was where her heart was and she would go on to retire as a personal sitter. She loved to cook, to listen to Jimmy Swaggart and watch Gunsmoke and T. J. Hooker. Pleasing others and making them happy was how she lived her life and not only was she a mother to her two daughters, she was a mother to many others as well. She was of the Holiness faith and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was a daughter of the late Lawton Grady and Mae Griffin Thornton. She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Margaret Speaks and Betty Thornton and four brothers, Gustene “Shorty” Thornton, Gilbert Thornton, James “Jiggs” Thornton and Shon Thornton.

Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and John Scurry, Waycross and Tina and Jerry Stephens, Patterson; Shon Griffin and Lamar Griffin, both of Waycross, who she raised as her sons; two brothers, Joe Thornton, Blackshear and Jimmy (Cynthia) Thornton, Patterson; a sister-in-law, Maxine Thornton, Waycross; four grandchildren, Sabree Scurry (Tony Thompson), J. T. Scurry, Shay (Caitlin) Stephens and Tori Stephens; two-great grandchildren, Brody Stephens and Eisley Stephens and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will be in the Offerman Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the wearing of face masks are strongly encouraged. Those who do not feel comfortable attending you can still extend their sympathy by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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