The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Shiloh Road, Ellaville, Georgia. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Hopewell Road, Ellaville, Schley County, Georgia. The Reverend Lem Wright, pastor, will officiate.
Mrs. Rosetta Thornton Blackshear was born March 23, 1956 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Willie Bell Myrick Thornton and Ellis Thornton, Sr. She attended the public schools in Sumter and Schley Counties. She was a 1975 graduate from Tri County High School in Buena Vista, Georgia. Rosetta was not a stranger to anyone and did her best to make everyone around her feel comfortable and included. At a very early age, she joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Schley County, Georgia where she was involved in several Christian ministries of the church. She was the Mother of Jerusalem, a member of the Usher Board Ministry, Kitchen and Hospitality Ministry and public relations. She spent time with the young and old encouraging them to attend and support the church, be involved in the church ministries and activities. She also served as secretary of the Home Mission Society for a number of dedicated years.
She leaves a legacy of golden memories to her beloved family which include her husband of eighteen years, Deacon Willie James Blackshear, Leesburg, Georgia; three children, Lemont P. Thornton (Myra), Ellaville, Georgia, Deddrick K. Thornton, Sr. (Miranda Langes), Ellaville, Georgia and Tameka Johnson (Calvin), Dawson, Georgia; three step-children, Wanice Blackshear, Columbus, Georgia, Michael Blackshear, Buena Vista, Georgia and Mitchelle Blackshear, Irvington, New Jersey; thirteen grandchildren and nine step grandchildren; eight siblings, Mary Morrison, Oakland Park, Florida, Johnnie B. Solomon, Patricia J. Solomon, Ruby Solomon and Linda Murray, Ellaville, Georgia, Bobbie Gainey (Sylvester), Dexter, Georgia, Ellis Thornton, Jr. (Gwendolyn), Buena Vista, Georgia and Nathaniel Thornton, Sr. (Shearlean), Ellaville, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose Roberts, Hartford, Connecticut, Vera Watson and Fannie Williams, Bishopville, South Carolina, Mary Stewart Hand, Jacksonville, Florida, Shellie Blackshear, Jr., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Roger Blackshear, New Brunswick, New Jersey and Freddie L. Blackshear, Jacksonville, Florida; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
- SHARON PLESS(Thursday, February 28 13 02:08 am EST)
R.I.P. MRS. ROSETTA, YOU WERE LOVED BY MANY. YOU WILL BE MISSED
- DeLois Wilson(Tuesday, February 26 13 10:04 pm EST)
Time takes even the smallest and simple memories we hold for our dead loved one and silently turns them into memories of gold. So may God comfort you during your time of mourning.
- Redessa Mosley(Wednesday, February 06 13 12:24 am EST)
May God help all of you during the difficult time.Please know that Rosetta is at peace with our heavenly father.Remember the fun and good times you had with her.
Redessa Blackshear Mosley
- John and Emmett Rouland(Tuesday, February 05 13 10:22 pm EST)
WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY. OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF BEREAVEMENT. THERE WILL BE JOY AFTER THIS. THE ROULAND FAMILY
- Harriett Jones(Tuesday, February 05 13 10:12 pm EST)
TO THE THORNTON & BLACKSHEAR FAMILY, MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE WORD OF GOD; IT SAYS I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. HE IS CLOSE TO YOU'LL AT THIS TIME AND ALWAYS. GOD LOVES YOU'LL AND SO DO WE.
JAMES & MINISTER HARRIETT JONES
- Zelda Perry,Tamika and Corey Brown(Tuesday, February 05 13 09:23 pm EST)
With deepest sympathy to the Thornton and Blackshear family durning your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strenght. A help that is there to be found durning difficult times... May God provide you all with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
- Tracy Johnson(Tuesday, February 05 13 07:35 pm EST)
My friend, my second mother, and joking partner I will truly miss ur smile, talking , and ur presence very much. Thank you for the time we shared. I kno u are resting now so when my time comes I pray we will meet again in the sky...keep ur eyes on us and peep in on us from time to time ..it will take time to sort see ur face at church family gatherings n just in general..God saw u getting weary n decided that ur soul needed rest so Mrs. Rosetta rest on till we meet in the sky...R.I.P.,.
- REV. REGINALD DINKINS(Tuesday, February 05 13 06:24 pm EST)
TO THE FAMILY JAMES, MEKA,LEMONT,AND DEDDRICK. I KNOW IN TIMES LIKE THESE WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE GRIEF OF SADDNESS THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. BUT JUST KNOW THAT SHE IS OUT OF PAIN AND SUFFERING AND NOW SHE IS RESTING. JUST KEEP YOUR HEADS LIFTED UP AND REMEMBER THE MEMORIES OF HER THAT YOU HAVE OF HER WILL ALWAYS REMAIN CLOSE IN YOUR HEARTS.
- Lisa Pina Hartage(Tuesday, February 05 13 03:26 pm EST)
Our prayers and sympathy goes out to the Thornton and Blackshear family, the Pina and Hartage families, Lisa Pina Hartage
- Lillie Wilson(Tuesday, February 05 13 02:25 pm EST)
In Sympathy- Hope lifts up those in sorrow and carries them to a place of Peace Praying the Lord will Comfort you, Faith to uphold you and loving memories to help you smile again-Woodrow & Lillie Wilson Chicago, IL.
- Sherry Francine Oliver(Tuesday, February 05 13 07:16 am EST)
To the Thornton and Blackshear family,
May the reading of God's Holy Word and the presence of The Holy Spirit be a comfort to you all, and also cherish the sweet memories of her. With sympathy, love, and prayers keep the faith in God.