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5/10/2019 5:53:00 PM
Larry C. & Sabra Heavner Thornburg
June 21, 1934 - April 12, 2019 / January 13, 1937 - May 9, 2019

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. – Mr. Larry C. Thornburg, 84, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Hospice Wendover in Shelby.  His wife of 63 years, Sabra Heavner Thornburg, 82, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Larry was born on June 21, 1934 in Gaston County, N.C. a son of the late Frank "T" Thornburg and Pearl Yount Thornburg Benfield.  He retired after 25 years of service from the City of Cherryville working for both the Cherryville Police Department and Cherryville Fire Department.  Larry was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville.  During his years on the police force and fire department Larry was known for helping others when there was a need.

Sabra was born on January 13, 1937 in Gaston County, N.C. daughter of the late Basil Heavner and Vergie Lee Mauney Heavner.  She retired after 32 years from Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville as a credit collection manager.  Sabra was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville and a member of the chancel choir.  She served as an elder at the church and also in many other capacities over the years.  In addition to her parents Sabra was preceded in death by a brother Dennis L. Heavner.

Survivors include a son Chad Thornburg and wife Crystal; two daughters, Deeda Sanford and husband Randy,  Chris Barrett and husband Bruce, all of Cherryville; six grandchildren, Justin Thornburg (Holly), Ryan Thornburg (Jessica), Leslie Thornburg, Derek Barrett (Wendy), Stephanie Barrett Carswell, Jake Engle; and eight great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is Sabra’s brother, Pete Heavner (Judy) of Cherryville and Larry’s sister Glenda Leatherman (Joe) of Vale.

Visitation will be on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville and at other times the family will be at the home of Larry and Sabra beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A celebration of the lives of Larry and Sabra Thornburg will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Lowe and Rev. Joe Collins, D. Min. officiating.

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy Street, Cherryville, NC 28021 or to Holy Angels, Attn. Anne Bogen, PO Box 701 Belmont, NC 28012 or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28053. 

A guest register is available at 

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Cherryville, N.C. is serving the Thornburg family.

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