Clara Mae Strickland Thornton

Clara Mae Strickland Thornton, 98, of Blackshear, passed away late Thursday evening,  January 2, 2020, at Waycross Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Pierce County December 28, 1921, and had just celebrated her 98th birthday, December 28, 2019. She was a former resident of  the Tebeau House before moving to Waycross Health and Rahlbilitation. She was well known as “Aunt Clara” by the many children that she kept, an occupation that she truly loved. She also loved taking care of her flowers, vegetable garden, needle work, crocheting, tatting and cooking. She was a well known and faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Senior Adult Women and Second Service Sunday School Class.

She was a daughter of Farley and Mamie Strickland. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Enoch David (E.D.) Thornton; her twin sons, Warren David Thornton and Wallace Enoch Thornton; a sister, Bernice Strickland Morgan and her three brothers, Harvey, Horace and Banner Strickland.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Genevieve Thornton (Raymond) Thomas, Fountain, FL; a sister, Myrtie Strickland Highsmith, Waycross, a brother, Milton Strickland, Melrose, FL; two daughters-in-law, Nancy Gowen Thornton, Molena and Mary Carter Thornton Edwards, Martinez; seven grandchildren, Kristan Thornton and Vince Gilmer, Martinez, Marla Thornton Farris and fiance’ Steven Fleck, Indianapolis, IN, Jamie and Tina Taylor, Blackshear, Emily and Willie Milnor, Catonsville, MD, David and Kristina Thornton, Waycross, Jason and Sarah Thornton, Augusta and Matthew Thornton and fiance’ Laura Meeks, Chester, NY; 18 great-grandchildren, Mikayla Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Kayla Gilmer, Kaitlyn Gilmer, Jackson Gilmer, Amelia Farris, Jacob Fleck, Sam Fleck, Travis Thornton, Carter Thornton, Boone Thornton, Haines Milnor, Rowan Milnor, Bryce Milnor, Kaylee Dampier, Morgan Dampier, one due in February and one in June and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will take place from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations in her name, to her church, Emmanuel Baptist, 217 W. Carter Avenue, Blackshear, GA 31516.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

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

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