Carol Martha Rogers Thornton
Early on the morning of January 27th, Carol began the final part of her journey home, fully expecting the one more surprise her Lord promised her long ago. Carol had a very difficult year with many hospitalizations and much suffering. She made the decision to come home, and with the help of her family, church, friends, and Hospice sought God’s complete healing. Shortly after making this decision, Carol told her husband, Jim, that she had fought the good fight and was now ready to meet her Lord, Jesus Christ. She died two days later.
Carol was born on November 23, 1945 in England at the rural Whitheather Lodge at the foot of Woolly Hill. She was a war baby” born to her father Arthur a U.S. soldier and her mom Ruby King a British citizen and member of the British army. Carol came to the U.S. on Easter Sunday in 1946 a U.S. citizen. She is survived by her mother Ruby A. Rogers; her husband the Rev. James W. Thornton Sr.; their children James Jr. Jay and Julie Hull five grandchildren: Sarah Delaney Rachel Macauley and Zachary; a sister Susan Gauthier an aunt and uncle several nieces nephews and cousins both in the U.S. and in England.
Carol grew up in Louisa VA graduated from John Marshall H.S. and attended college in Louisa. She worked as a secretary an administrative assistant and a medical assistant. After completing the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary Carol became a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. She served churches on the Eastern Shore Albemarle Co. and retired from the Mineral – Mt. Pleasant Charge after an 11 year appointment. She was an effective minister as a lay person in her church a pastor’s spouse and a clergy person.
Carol’s entire adult life was devoted to helping others and both preaching and living the message of God’s love found in the gospel of Jesus Christ God’s son. She will be missed by all who knew her. Carol would want you to believe Isaiah 43: 1-5 in the Old Testament.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to any of the following: Mineral UMC Mt. Pleasant UMC both in Louisa County or Ivy Creek UMC in Charlottesville.