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Ethel Thornes

September 3, 1931 — December 5, 2018

Ethel Ada Parker Thornes, 87, wife of the late Dennis Franklin Thornes, Jr. and a resident of Birdsnest, VA, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock, VA. A native of Oyster, VA, she was the daughter of the late Willie H. Parker and the late Martha M. Marshall Parker.

She is survived by four children, Mike Thornes and his wife, Patty, of Birdsnest, Jeff Thornes and his wife, Pam, of Eastville, VA, Dennis Thornes and his wife, Tammy, of Cape Charles, VA, and Jennifer Moore and her fiancé, David Sloan, of Cape Charles; three sisters, Sylvia Nash of Scranton, PA, Norma Hoffpauir of Orange, TX, and Martha Gladden of Cape Charles; five grandchildren, Toni Thornes, Jarrod Sayers, Danielle Labreck, Jake Thornes, and Quinton Thornes; and two great grandchildren, Caleb Sayers and Liam Sayers. She was predeceased by a daughter, Denise Thornes Sayers; a brother, Allan Parker; and a sister, Phyllis Etz.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 3:00 PM at Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home with Reverend Jonathan Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in Cape Charles Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to SPCA Eastern Shore, Inc., P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles, Virginia.


Cape Charles Cemetery
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    Cape Charles, VA 23310


Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home
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    Cape Charles, VA 23310
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