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Betty Lou Bratton Thorn, 72

Betty Lou Bratton Thorn, our loving Mother went home on July 10, 2020. She was affectionately known as Nanny. She never met a stranger and her love for her family was endless.  No matter what troubles life threw at you, you always knew Nanny was on your side. She was born to the late William and Mary Rice Harris in West Ridge, Arkansas, on September 9, 1947. She was a member of the Jacksonville First Assembly of God.

She personified the Bible verse, Proverbs 31:28 “Her children shall rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.” Nanny left us to join her loving husband, Gordon Thorn in Heaven. Gordon (Poppa G) and Nanny met late in life and married and to see them together was to experience the love of soul mates. They absolutely adored one another and had the opportunity to travel extensively. They left us to travel together forever, and have set sail on their final adventure.

She is also preceded in death by her two brothers Billy Joe Harris and Randall Harris; her brother-in-law Bill Burns.

Nanny leaves behind her loving and devoted children Jerry Bratton (Naomi), Wendy Waters (Tim), Gene Mayfield (Christine), Michael Thorn (Kayla), Jill Gentry (Don), Jenna Crowley, and Kathryn Thorn; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two siblings Linda Burns and Sharon Larson (Philip); her loving mother-in-law Dorothy Austin

Memorial service will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 10:00 at Jacksonville First Assembly of God, 221 North Elm Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.501-982-3400

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  • Alta Bratton Pruitt Posted July 13, 2020 2:27 PM

    Rest in love my sweet forever sister in love

  • Sandy Irwin Posted July 13, 2020 2:42 PM

    Wendy, I am so sorry for you and your family sending my love and a big ole hug. I love ya.

  • Tim and Brenda Waters Posted July 13, 2020 3:13 PM

    In loving memory of Betty Thorn . May the Lord give your family comfort and peace.

  • George Harris Posted July 13, 2020 4:52 PM

    I never really considered life without my sweet cousin. She was like her mother a Proverbs type of woman. She cared for everyone. Love to all.

  • Fayon Haynes Posted July 13, 2020 6:13 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with your family

  • Lila Moody Langley Posted July 13, 2020 7:56 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss praying for the family. I know she will truly be missed

  • Rev. Clayton Delong Posted July 14, 2020 1:18 PM

    I knew Jerry we we to School together, Betty asked me at Church how I knew Jerry I said we went to school together and she said I am his mom. Betty will be missed at Church.

  • Debbie Hendrix Posted July 16, 2020 12:41 AM

    Betty was one of the nicest people I have ever met. She cherished her family. I am so sorry for your loss. Remember all the good memories. God Bless

  • Lewis Hirschy (Gordon’s cousin) Posted July 16, 2020 7:50 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May you feel God’s presence in a mighty way in the days and weeks to come.

  • Drew & Natalie Stanton Posted July 16, 2020 11:14 AM

    Drew and I worked with Betty at AFCU for several years, and she was always so kind of helpful. Fantastic at her job and always willing to help others. She will be missed.

  • Michele Beasley Posted July 16, 2020 12:58 PM

    Betty was one of the smartest ladies I have met. I was honored to work with her for years and she always had a smile. God bless all your family and friends in this time of sorrow.

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