The oldest of the Thorne girls, Blessin Ann Thorne Vick, 85, passed away at home on May 5th, in Elm City. She has joined her beloved Elton (November 8, 2022) in heaven for she missed him greatly after sixty-three years of a happy marriage.
Blessin was a faithful member of the Elm City Methodist Church and the choir for seventy-four joyful years. We think often of her yearly solo soprano singing of “O Holy Night” on the Eve of Christmas, a seasonal treasure. She received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, was happy and great neighbor, and enjoyed asking riddles. She also enjoyed surf fishing across from her home at Atlantic Beach and enjoyed trips to the mountains, Myrtle Beach and the Master’s Tournament. She was an enthusiastic Carolina Tarheels fan and her casket spray was composed of Carolina blue carnations and ribbons.
While attending and graduating from Elm City High School, she and her teammates never lost a basketball game in four years, allowing her to be on the all-county list for four years in a row.
After she graduated from Atlantic Christian College, she taught in Smithfield for one year, Bailey two years and then returned to Elm City Middle School to finish a teaching career of thirty-eight years.
One of her best accomplishments was teaching thousands of eighth graders. Many of these students never forgot her by calling her, kind letters, fun visits and many conversations while out shopping.
Those gracious students will remember the reading of Shane with hot chocolate, her head-to-toe ghost costume on Halloween with the squeaking hoots, the singing of “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” naming all one hundred counties of North Carolina, and the educational field trips to Williamsburg, Jamestown and the Pottery in Virginia.
Family she leaves with great memories are brother, Redmond and wife, Joanne and their children; sisters, Jeannette and Rachel; nephews, Jack Sharpe and family, and Dave Sharpe and his family; along with adopted nephew, Vince Winstead.
A special thank you to the fantastic team of knowledgeable, devoted and compassionate professionals at Wilson Hospice. Numerous thank-you’s, again, to our group of angels for your guidance.
In place of flowers, please support the Second Blessings Thrift Shop of the Elm City Methodist Church, PO Box 307, Elm City, NC 27822.
Private services were held on Monday at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Elm City.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.