Clara Joy Dykes Thornton, of the Mt. Ash Community, Williamsburg, departed this life on Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tenn. She was 89 years, 2 months and 13 days of age. She was born in Whitley County, on Jan. 4, 1925, to the late Rev. Chester Dykes and Cleda Welch Dykes. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ed Thornton and a son, Ron Thornton. She was the oldest member of Mt. Ash Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Thornton, of the Emlyn Community, Williamsburg; three grandchildren, Francie Roberson, Missy Lawson and her husband Bryan and Jerry Thornton and his wife Mary, all of Williamsburg; seven great-grandchildren, Jared Roberson, Austin Roberson, Haylee Roberson, Gabe Griffin, Nate Griffin, Jerred Thornton and Christian Thornton, all of Williamsburg; one sister, Charlene Walden and her husband the Rev. Jerome, of Jellico, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Croley Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Carpenter officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Croley Addition of Highland Park Cemetery in Williamsburg.
Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg is in charge of local arrangements, Jerry W. Croley and J. Andrew Croley, directors.