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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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You will be sorely missed by your friends at Moose Lodge 715. Thank you for haven been a such great person

Posted by Anonymous on April 29, 2023

Liz ever a kid at heart was so much fun to be with. I will miss her always.

Posted by Donna VanHall on April 22, 2023

Liz will certainly be Missed dearly. Many times I have talked with Liz and we just would laugh and enjoy each other s company. Rest in peace my dear friend until we meet again.

Posted by Eugenia F Cates on April 21, 2023

I have fond memories of Liz from growing up in the same neighborhood. She was always friendly and kind. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Posted by Nancy Carwile Friend on April 20, 2023

If everyone had a friend like Liz, we'd all be ok. I was lucky enough to grow up 4 doors from her and we've been friends since kindergarten. She had the kindest heart, loved so generously and was a huge help to many people. To all her family and friends, I am so sorry for this tremendous loss.

Posted by Ellen Reaves on April 20, 2023

So saddened to hear about Liz. She always had a smile on her face. I surely will miss running into her often at Kroger. Fly high, Liz!!!!

Posted by Valerie tomlinson on April 20, 2023

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