Jo Ellen Thornton
Jo Ellen Thornton
  • September 2, 1942 - July 2, 2017
  • Staunton, Virginia

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Jo Ellen "Jody" (Bibb) Thornton passed away at her home in Staunton, VA.

She was born in Charlottesville, VA on September 22, 1942, to the late Theodore Wilson Bibb and Mildred (Melton) Bibb Bishop.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Thornton, Jr.

Jody is survived by her sisters, Mitzi Bibb Hill (Ernest) of Charlottesville and Vicki Bishop Tucker (James) of Gordonsville; brothers, Tommy Bishop (Marcy) of Orange and Leslie Bishop, Sr. of Charlottesville; step father, Walter F. Bishop of Charlottesville; her nephew, James Yarnell (Jessica) of Augusta, GA, whom she regarded as a son; a special aunt, Faye Davis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Cherry Avenue Christian Church, 1720 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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