Mr. Donald Hugh “Don” Thorne, 90, husband of Evelyn Daley Thorne and lifelong resident of Tangier Island, VA, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019, with his loving family at his side. Born July 14, 1929 on Tangier, he was the son of the late James W. Thorne and Hattie Chambers Thorne.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by his children, Donald H. “Thornie” Thorne, Jr. of Tangier, Sherrie Pruitt and husband Tony of Onancock, VA, Cynthia Thorne of Tangier, and Shelia Smith and husband Norman of Heathsville, VA; sisters, Ginny Marshall, Gracie Pruitt, and Alice Crockett all of Tangier; brothers, Jack Thorne of Tangier and Bob Thorne and wife Frances of Alta Vista, VA; grandchildren, Shanna Pruitt Watson and husband Bradley, Brandon K. Pruitt, Zach T. Smith and Luke A. Smith; great-grandchildren, Bradley Jr., Lola Marie, William and Waylon Watson; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. Other than his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Isabell Thorne Parks.

A memorial service will be held at the Swain Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 2nd at 2PM, with The Reverend Nona Allen officiating.

Contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 199, Tangier, VA. 23440.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.