Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

3780 Highway 80 East, Pearl, MS


Frances K Thornton

November 11, 1935June 18, 2020

Frances K Thornton, 84, of Pearl, passed from this life Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the Mississippi Care Center of Morton.

Frances was born November 11, 1935, in Pace, Mississippi, and a daughter to the late Mitchell Kelly and Clara (Polly) Hawkins Kelly. She was a member of McLaurin Heights United Methodist Church. She spent over 40 years of office management in the medical field.

Frances was a people person who loved children. When she would see a child, she would stop and brighten their day with a sweet, light-hearted chat. Her home was always open to her grandchildren’s friends - she was everyone’s Mamaw. She also enjoyed shopping, especially to add to her collection of purses and shoes.

Frances was very devoted to her own children and grandchildren. Their fondest memories include savoring some of her delicious roast and cornbread and playing cards together. The flavorful meals she prepared and all the stories they swapped over games cannot be replicated by any other. Family is something Frances held dearly.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Jenkins and sister, Kitty Mullen.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Roy M. Thornton; her daughters, Brenda Bankston, Sue Samudio (Philip), Debbie Rawls (Frank), Polly Williamson (David), and Pam Scarborough (Steve), 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9:00am until 11:00am, Monday, June 22, 2020, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

Frances treasured her time with her family and friends and will be deeply missed.


  • Roy M. Thornton, Husband
  • Brenda Bankston, Daughter
  • Sue Samudio, Daughter
  • Debbie Rawls, Daughter
  • Polly Williamson, Daughter
  • Pam Scarborough, Daughter
  • 14 grandchildren, 20 great-children, and many dear friends


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Frances K Thornton

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Teresa Odom

June 22, 2020

Brenda and Pam,

My love to you and your families. Hold on tight to all the precious memories! My prayers are for peace and comfort for you.

Laura Sharp

June 22, 2020

Frances was a member of the Ladies Class at McLaurin Heights UMC. She attended when she was able and always brightened the room with her sweet smile and words. She was a beautiful lady on the inside and out. I visited in her home several times and always felt so welcome.

Wayne Skelton

June 20, 2020

Brenda and Pam,

I was very sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. For a Christian, "to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord". She is now in a place of perfect rest and peace. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.