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Redmond Thorne

September 16, 1933 — May 10, 2024

Elm City

Redmond Thorne

Redmond Thurman Thorne, 90, of Elm City, died Friday, May 10, 2024.

A graveside service with Military Rites will be on Tuesday, May 21, at 1:00 PM at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Redmond was born in Elm City, North Carolina in 1933. He joined the US Air Force in 1951 and served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After serving twenty-six years on three continents, he returned home. His love for the place of his birth and the people who live there led him to spend the remaining 47 years of his life in Elm City.

In addition to his military service, Redmond was also active in his community through his work as Commander of the American Legion Cox-Putney Post in Elm City. As a Mason and Shriner, he was particularly proud of the work they do for children. He was a supporter of these organizations, as well as those that assist veterans. These were causes about which he was passionate throughout his adult life.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Mary Joanne "Rosie" Yeager Thorne; son, James Michael "Mike" Adkerson (Sherry) of Rocky Mount; daughters, Jerri Moore of the home and Annette Young (Greg) of Virginia; grandchildren, Ian and Madeleine Young of Virginia, Crystal Pounds (Jason) of Texas, Amy Gernon (Dr. Timothy Costelloe) of Virginia and Greg Gernon (Kat) of Virginia; great-grandchildren, Addison and Jaxon Pounds of Texas; sisters, Rachel Thorne and Jeannette Thorne, both of Elm City; brother-in-law, Bud Yeager (Golda) of Florida; sister-in-law, Frances Yeager Goss (Gordon Olmstead) of Georgia. He is also survived by several nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Redmond was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman Tellor Thorne and Polly Ann Beulah Moss Thorne; his sister and brother-in-law, Blessin and Elton Vick; brother, Fred Thorne; son-in-law, Stephen Moore.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the team of doctors, nurses, and in-home care providers for their compassion and excellent care of Redmond.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St, Oxford, NC 27565.

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Dr. N, Wilson, NC 252-237-7171;
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Graveside Service

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1:00 - 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Evergreen Memorial Park

2800 Nash St N, Wilson, NC 27896

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