Terry Melissa Shaw Thornburg

April 29, 1960March 25, 2019

Terry Melissa Shaw Thornburg, age 58, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC, following a brief battle with cancer. Born April 29, 1960, in Gastonia, NC, she was the daughter of Joyce Curlee Shaw of Conover, NC, and the late Jerry Arnold Shaw of Lincolnton, NC.

In addition to her mother, Terry is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gregory L. Thornburg of Conover, NC; two brothers, David A. Shaw of Thailand and Joel A. Shaw of Newton, NC, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held at Conover City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the Thornburg family at

The family wishes to thank all of the nurses and doctors in the Oncology Department of Catawba Valley Medical Center for their loving care of Terry during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Oncology Department, Catawba Valley Medical Center, 810 Fairgrove Church Rd. SE, Hickory, NC, 28602.

The Thornburg family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


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Terry Melissa Shaw Thornburg

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Donna Sharman

March 27, 2019

Greg ....
I am so sad to hear of Terry's passing. I've often thought of you both and wondered how you're doing. I wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and I will pray for your heart to heal from this loss. Me & Terry had some good times especially when we both worked in downtown Newton. And my, how she loved her kitties!! I hope the many fond memories you two made together over the past 41 years helps you cope.
Take care of yourself and know you're in my thoughts.
Donna T Sharman