Frances L. Henkins Jeffrey Thornton

Frances L. Henkins Jeffrey Thornton, 87, of Waycross, passed away Saturday morning, December 26, 2020, at her daughter’s residence, following an extended illness.

Born June 24, 1933 in Harrisburg, PA, she was a daughter of the late Curtiss Henkins and Myrtle Beurge Henkins Wenzel. She grew up and lived many years in Pennsylvania before moving to Jacksonville, NC and then to Waycross in 2012. She had worked at Mellon Bank (now BNY Mellon) in Pittsburgh, PA and had also worked as a substitute teacher. She had attended Sweat Memorial Baptist Church in Waycross.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Albert Jeffrey; a grandson, Mark Schmiedlin and her sister, Lee Fischer.

Survivors include her husband, Dixie Rudolph Thornton, Jacksonville, NC; two daughters, Joyce Lynn Schmiedlin (husband Mark), Gibsonia, PA and Diane Jordan (husband John), Waycross; two sons, John Jeffrey (wife Lynn), Pittsburgh, PA and Dennis Jeffrey (wife Suzanne), Parma, OH; eight grandchildren, Monica Schmiedlin, Jason Jeffrey, Nicole Dyches, Dennis Jeffrey, Jamie Foster, Dawn Whitlock, Danny Jeffrey and Rachel Glass; 23 great-grandchildren and her brother, Calvin Henkins, Wilmington, N.C.

Memorialization is by cremation.  

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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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