Paul Edward Thornhill “Bud”, 79, of Pembroke, departed this life Thursday evening, October 16, 2014 at Heritage Hall in Rich Creek after a long illness. Born in Pearisburg on October 23, 1934, he was a son of the late Paul C. and Gertrude Perkins Thornhill. He was retired from the Celanese Plant at Narrows, and had previously worked at Electro-Tec in Blacksburg and as a cook in hospitals. He was preceded in death by his son Earnest Thornhill, his daughter Angela Thornhill, his brother Chester Thornhill, his sisters Frances Stout and Gladys Anderson.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Becky Higginbotham Thornhill; his son Kenneth Thornhill of Wagram, NC; his daughter and son-in-law Vickie and Michael Hodge of Narrows; his grandchildren Matthew and Jennifer Hodge, Jennifer and Curtis Jones; his great-grandchildren Marlei and Miah Poore, Christian and Jordan Jones his brothers and sisters-in-law Roy and Shirley Thornhill of Pearisburg, Gary and Linda Thornhill of Pearisburg; his sisters and brothers-in-law Leatha and Donald Jones of Pembroke, Ann T. Suttle of Pembroke; his brother-in-law and his wife Lynne and Margaret Higginbotham, his sisters-in-law Pam Higginbotham and Frances Thornhill; and special kitty Maltie.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with burial following in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday evening from 6 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to Pembroke First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
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