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Mrs. Hattie Bell (Powell) Thornton

August 31, 1923 ~ October 21, 2021 (age 98)


Biographical Sketch


Hattie Bell Powell Thornton


August 31, 1923, Lumpkin, GA


Oscar and Helen Hubbard Powell


J.T. Thornton

Church Affiliations

Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Lumpkin, Georgia.


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Gainesville, Florida

She joined the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church at an early age holding several positions in the church.  She was a Deaconess at Zion Watch Baptist Church where her husband JT Thornton was a Deacon.

She attended the public schools of Stewart County, Georgia. She furthered her education at Albany State College, Albany, GA, receiving a bachelor's degree in education, and continued her studies at Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama.

She taught in Georgia for over 40 years at the Zion Watch Community and Lumpkin Elementary School, retiring after 40 years of service. 

She leaves to cherish her memory: A loving Daughter Yvonne T Herring (Eugene Sr.) Hawthorne, FL; one Grandson, Eugene Herring Jr., Charlotte, NC; two Granddaughters: Hattie Lartrelle Herring and Katrina Yvonne Herring, Orlando, FL; two Great-Granddaughters, Jayla Genae Herring Tallahassee, FL and Aniya Jade Barthelemy Orlando, FL; God Son Reginald Strickland (Carmelitta); Brother-in-Law, Willie E. Thornton Waco, TX; Nieces: Rev. Dr. Willie Marie Herring (Lenton) Hawthorne, FL, Juanita Williams Jacksonville, FL, Doris Hardwick Apopka, FL, Natiska Banks, Athens, GA, Retha Davis Gainesville, FL; Nephews: Houston G Porter (Christine) Kathleen, GA. William M Porter (Linda) Perry, GA, Charlie T Powell Aliquippa, PA; and a host of grand nieces, nephews, cousins, and sorrowing friends.

Public viewing will be Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, family hour from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Joseph N. Booth Memorial Chapel of The Thomas Funeral Home, 218 Surles Street, Lumpkin, GA 31815.

There will be another viewing on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 10:00 am until 11:45 am in the sanctuary of Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4062 Green Grove Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815.

Graveside memorial service will be Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Rev. Ben Stanley Officiating

The family thank you for your many acts of condolences.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 everyone is required to practice social distancing and wearing of face covering at all times.

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Open Viewing
October 30, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Joseph N. Booth Memorial Chapel (Surles Street)

Family Hour
October 30, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Joseph N. Booth Memorial Chapel (Surles Street)

Memorial Service
October 31, 2021

12:00 PM
Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery

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