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Jack Thorne

August 31, 1924 ~ January 8, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Obituary

John Wesley “Jack” Thorne, Sr. walked graciously into the arms of his Lord and Savior on his mother’s birthday, Sunday, January 8, 2023. At 98 years old, he was the eldest resident of Tangier Island, VA. 

Born August 31, 1924 on Tangier, he was the son of the late James Thorne and Hattie Virginia Chambers Thorne. In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his wife, Josephine Daley Thorne; son, Mike Thorne; sister, Isabelle Parks; and brothers, Don and Bob Thorne. 

Jack loved the Lord, his country, his family and his community, and he remained dedicated to all throughout his life. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was assigned to the USS Texas, which was attacked during battle in the Pacific Theater. A lifelong member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, Jack never wavered in his faith, always keeping the Lord close to his heart and often speaking His word to others. Following honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to his roots and began working on the water, alongside his father. After his father retired, Jack continued to work as a commercial fisherman until he hung his boots in 2000. Jack cherished his family and friends and was grateful to be a part of his beloved Tangier community, leaving a legacy of honor and compassion for generations to follow. 

Jack is survived by his son, John W. Thorne, Jr. and his wife, Beverly, of Crisfield, MD; sisters, Grace Pruitt, Ginny Marshall, and Alice Crockett, all of Tangier; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Thorne of Tangier and Frances Thorne of Danville, VA; grandchildren, Ashley Buscher (Robert), Greg Allman (Jaclyn), April Thornton (Chris), and Jonathan Thorne; great-grandchildren, Brittany Thornton, Brooklyn Allman, and Bennett Buscher; several nieces and nephews and their families; and Kimberly Pruitt, who was his caregiver for many years.

A service to celebrate Jack’s life, with military honors, will be held at Swain Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend Charles W. Parks III officiating. 

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to Swain Memorial UMC, P.O. Box 199, Tangier, VA 23440. 

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. 

Arrangements by the Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock and Parksley, VA. 

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Services

Memorial Service
Saturday
January 14, 2023

2:00 PM
Swain Memorial United Methodist Church
16152 Main Street
Tangier, VA 23440

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PO Box 199, Tangier VA 23440

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