Ms. Anita Joyce Thornton age 94 passed on August 22, 2020 at her residence Funeral is Thursday 12:00 p.m. September 3, 2020 Visitation at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church West. Ms. Thornton will lie in state from 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Anita Joyce Thornton, daughter of the late Edward Thornton and Irma Lowman Bland, was born and reared in Charlotte, NC. Her demise occurred on August 21, 2020. Neet as she was affectionally known graduated Second Ward High School. After graduating from high school, she entered and graduated from Bennet College in Greensboro, NC. Her professional career included Secretary of Nursing and Secretary of Nursing Service at Good Samaritan Hospital, Charlotte, NC, and after thirty-one years of devoted service, she retired as Administrative Secretary, Lincoln Heights School in 1991. At an early age, Neet affirmed her belief in Jesus Christ and joined First Baptist Church and served in many capacities. Among these were pianist, Sunday School teacher, church organist, member of the Board of Directors, Nominating committee, Floral committee, and Joint Church Council. She was also a faithful and supportive member of Sunday School class #5. In 1965-66, she was awarded the honor of Woman of the Year and at its fall concert the Chancel choir recognized her for her loyalty and commitment. She was active in the tutoring program and Friendship Trays as well as the Crisis Assistance program. Her community involvement included membership in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Retired Employees Association. She was an avid pinochle player and had membership in the Las Reinas Pinochle Club, Emanon Pinochle Club, and the Golden Girls Club. Surviving her in loving memory is her cousin/daughter: Karen Wyke (Tony); cousins fondly thought of as grandchildren: Sharolyn Early, RaShawn Prioleau, Shauna Prioleau, Tony Wyke Jr., Alex Wyke, Ashley Castle, and LaToya Prioleau; God-son, Gosnell White; a host of cousins and other relatives and friends including her life-long friend/sister, Mrs. Juanita P. White.
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