Aug. January 14, 1953 – 1. 13., 2022
NATCHEZ — Jo Ann Wilkins Thornton, 68, of McComb, MS, died Thursday, January 13, 2022 after a long illness at McComb Nursing and Rehab Center. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, MS. The visit starts at 11:00 am. Burial will follow immediately after the memorial service in Natchez City Cemetery. Brother Kelvin Boone will lead the services.
Jo Ann was born on August 14, 1953 in Natchez, MS, the youngest daughter of the late Alma “Red” McClure Wilkins and the late Edgar D. Wilkins, Jr., and was the stepdaughter of Patsy Wilkins, affectionately called “Mom”. .
In her younger years, Jo Ann was an avid horse rider. One of her greatest achievements was showing and placing at the Dixie Nationals Paint Horse Show with her beloved Fritz (Freno Chief H). From a young age, Jo Ann shared and passed on her love of horses to many of her younger cousins and later to her daughter. In addition to riding, Jo Ann enjoyed learning about horse pedigrees and could recite the pedigrees of many horses by heart.
Later in life, Jo Ann would happily tell anyone who would listen about her beloved grandson, Kade, and always had a picture or ten of him to share.
Her mother and father preceded her in death; her beloved older sister Pat Wilkins Gamberi; Brother-in-law, Frank J. Gamberi Jr. and a stepsister, Niki Stowers.
Survivors include her daughter Adriane “Addie” Thornton Boone and her husband Shane von McComb; beloved grandson, Tyler Kade Boone of McComb; nephews Frank J. “Jay” Gamberi, III and his wife Amy D. and Jeffrey E. Gamberi and his wife Amy M. all of Natchez; grandnieces and nephews, Mia Gamberi, Graci Gamberi, Adam Phillips and Brady Gamberi; her stepmother Patsy Wilkins of Katy, Texas; three step-siblings, Buddy Bolt, Steven Bolt and Sherry Bolt Pierce, all from Texas. She is also survived by a variety of cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to McComb Miracle League, PO Box 878, Summit, MS 39666.
The family would like to thank the following for their kind support: the nurses and staff at McComb Nursing and Rehab Center, the staff and nurses at Hospice Comassus, the Hartman-Jones Funeral Home and the Laird Funeral Home.