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Shirley Louise (Wheeler) Thornton

August 8, 1938 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


Shirley Louise Thornton was born in Spalding, County, Georgia, and died September 2, 2023 at the home of her devoted caregiver and beloved granddaughter Amanda S. Bales Watson.  She is the daughter of Elmer Hargoe Wheeler and Lucille Roberts Wheeler. 

She was predeceased in death by her parents, husband William B. Thornton, daughter Danna Lynn Thornton Visocky, son Jeffrey Glenn Thornton, sister Betty Jo Wheeler House, and brother-in-law James Harold Everett.

She is survived by her son William Michael. Thornton (Kevin), Sons-in-law Michael Bales and Eugene Visocky; siblings, Hazel A. Wheeler Everett, Johnny Alexander Wheeler (Connie), Bonnell Wheeler Lashley (Gene), James Franklin Wheeler (Carol), brother-in-law James W. House; cherished grandchildren: Amanda S. Bales Watson, Jonathan M. Bales, Nicolette D. Visocky, Heather M. Thornton Heist, Jeffrey S. Thornton, Justin M. Thornton, Brandon R. Thornton, Lacie E. Thornton Hefner, Torie E. Thornton Coleman; great grandchildren: Austin G. Casper, Nathaniel D. Casper, Hope Watson, Gabriel M. Bales, B. Hunter Bales, Amanda G. Bales, Brittany M. Bales, Logan Kitchens, Devin Heist, Mikala Heist, Chase Hammond, Liam Shafer, Cheyanne Thornton, Tucker Beau Thornton, Ava Hefner, Anna Lee Hefner, Noland Coleman, Kira Coleman, Ally Coleman, Rosalie Coleman; great great grandchild, Adrian Martinez;  numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, September 6, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home West.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home West Chapel Thursday September 7, 2023, 11 o'clock a.m. with Rev. Rob Bray lead pastor and Rev. Steve Hicks. Interment will follow the service at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery, 7321 Old Cornelia Hwy, Alto, Georgia 30510.

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home West, Watkinsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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September 6, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lord and Stephens - West
1211 Jimmy Daniel Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677

Funeral Service
September 7, 2023

11:00 AM
Lord and Stephens - West
1211 Jimmy Daniel Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677


Enon Baptist Church Cemetery
Barrett Road
Alto, GA 30510


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