Mrs. Mary Thornberry Whiteside of Raeford, on July 18, 2021, Loving Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma and Sister, Mary, went to be with the love of her life after a long-fought battle with her health, with her daughters and her fur baby Lizzy by her side.
Mrs. Whiteside was born on August 29, 1948, in Louisville, KY, the daughter to the late Albert R. Thornberry, Sr. and the late Lillie “Mary” Smiley. She met and married the love of her life, the late Kenneth W. Whiteside in 1972 who preceded her in rest in 2002. Mary always had a kind word and smile for everyone that she met. She loved to cook, sewing, crafting, ceramics, her dogs, but most of all family and friends. Mary always could make you smile or laugh or provide a big hug if needed. She was the best Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. She was always there if needed and loved her family and friends more than anything.
She was preceded in rest by her husband of 30 years Kenneth W. Whiteside, her parents, a brother, Albert “Cotton” Thornberry, Jr. of Corbin, KY., sisters, Edna Eartherly of Louisville, KY, Janice “Honey” Embry of Paynesville, KY., her father and mother-in-law George and Rose Whiteside of Ohio., brothers-in-law Jim “Bubba” Eartherly and Kenneth “George” Embry, a nephew, Bobby and several fur babies who she loved and missed dearly.
She left many that are going to miss her immensely – daughters Julie Miller, Cheri Cherry, granddaughter, Kayla Whiteside, great grandson Bryan, sons-in-law Kenny Miller and Mark Cherry, grandson-in-law Josh Howie, brother Jim Thornberry and wife Kay of Falls of Rough, KY., sister-in-law Brenda Thornberry of Corbin, KY., several nieces, and nephews, special co-mom, Pam Cherry of Hope Mills, NC., her best friends Marth Ann Beal and Phillip Beal, her special “niece” Casey.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Friday, July 23, 2021, at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Avenue, Raeford, NC.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm Friday, July 23, 2021, at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel.
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