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Sherman Alonza Thornhill Sr.

May 11, 2020

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Sherman Alonza Thornhill Sr. departed this life on May 11, 2020 at Accordius Health at Lynchburg. Born on August 7, 1937, in Lynchburg Va:

He was the son of the late Rudolph and Ella Fitch Thornhill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Velma T. Mitchell (Rev. Robert Mitchell), Mrs. Norma Brown (Edward), and Mrs. Ervistine Hood (Lawrence) and one brother, Rudolph L. Thornhill Jr.

Sherman served our country in the United States Navy; he also worked at Griffin Pipe as a supervisor, three post offices as a custodian, and Forest Baptist Church also as a custodian. Sherman enjoyed serving the Lord, and was a member of Tree of Life Ministries. He loved reading and applying Psalm 91 to his life daily. He also enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his devoted wife Rhonda of 37 years; two sons Sherman Alonza Thornhill Jr. (Patrice), John Clinton Thornhill (Brenda); three daughters, Tonzar Olanda Jones (Vincent), Kimberly Lynette Shaw, and Latesha Marie Thornhill; thirteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews including a devoted nephew, Garrison Thornhill.


Sherman also cherished his extended family and friends Adolph and Alma Acosta, Helen Wade, Jeffrey and Joanne Anderson, Loraine Coles, Tim and Susie Drinkard and family, Ray and Edith Mann (deceased), Rev. Corry Hunt, Mrs. Sharon Jefferson, Jim and Donna Guill, Bobby and Linda Bray and family; Eddie and Earlene Dillard and many more family and friends. Since there were many people who aided in the care of Sherman, the family would like to thank Tree of Life Ministries – Pastor Mike Dodson (Debie), the Pastors and the Tree of Life Family, the staff of Accordius Health at Lynchburg, Campbell County Department of Social Services, Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center, Heartland of Lynchburg, Ortho Virginia, New London Family Physicians, Timberlake Family Physicians, Gastroenterology Associates of Central Virginia, Radiology Consultants, Harmon Eye Center, Seven Hills Urology, Stroobants Cardiovascular Center, Hospice of Lynchburg, Lynchburg General Hospital, VA Baptist Hospital, and Wells Fargo.

In Lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center Patient Support Fund, and The Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

To Our Loved One, Sherman A. Thornhill Sr.

There were so many more things that we know you wanted to stay here and see like graduations, weddings, and other celebrations that would continue to be. But God knew you had fought a good fight; you had endured the test – so he called you home for your eternal rest. You are so greatly loved and will always be greatly missed.

Love Always,

The Family


We would like to express our gratitude for all acts of kindness shown to the Thornhill family in our hour of sorrow. May God bless each of you. We would also like to express our appreciation to Tharp Funeral Home.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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