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Elizabeth “Liz” Thornhill Jennings

May 30, 1956 — April 17, 2023

Elizabeth “Liz” Thornhill Jennings, 66, of Lynchburg passed away, Monday, April 17, 2023. She was the loving wife of the late John W. Jennings, Jr.

Liz was born May 30, 1956, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a daughter of the late James Edward Thornhill, Sr. and Glora Howell Thornhill. Liz was a gift to her community, caring and compassionate. Her work with children was much more than just daycare as kids of all ages were never hesitant to call her Mom. Liz was a longtime member of the Society of American Magicians, and was a member of Peakland Baptist Church.

She is survived her son John “Will” Jennings, III (Holly), a sister Patricia “Trish” Thornhill Poole (Tim), a brother James “Jim” Edward Thornhill, Jr., (Pam), brother-in-law Dale Shull, five nieces and nephews: Kristen Wilson (Drew), Bryan Poole, Oksana Poole, James Thornhill, III, and Ivan Shull, one great nephew Cooper Wilson, and longtime friends Alice Maina and McKenzie Bwondara who knew her as “Grammy”.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a sister Catherine Thornhill Shull and a brother George Daniel Thornhill.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 1, 2023, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg.

A Celebration of Liz’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at Peakland Baptist Church with Rev. Martha Kearse and Rev. Mark Fesmire officiating. Committal will follow at the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the Society of American Young Magicians at or to Brook Hill Farm horse rescue and therapeutic riding organization at

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.
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