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In Memory of

Robert M. Thornburg

October 5, 1927 - November 26, 2016

Obituary


"Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. Therefore . . . stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! " (Philippians 3:20-4:1)

Graveside service will be at Mt. Vernon Baptist Cemetery, Durant Road, Raleigh, at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 1.

Robert Thornburg was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois on October 5, 1927, to Newton and...

"Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. Therefore . . . stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! " (Philippians 3:20-4:1)

Graveside service will be at Mt. Vernon Baptist Cemetery, Durant Road, Raleigh, at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 1.

Robert Thornburg was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois on October 5, 1927, to Newton and Rhea Thornburg. Predeceased by his brother, Newton Jr., he is survived by sisters Margaret Wilson and Rev. Mary Potter.

Bob attended Monmouth College where he met and married his college sweetheart, Ilene, on August 21, 1948. She predeceased Bob in 2014.

They moved to Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1948 and began to raise a family, while Bob worked for the family business, Thornburg Brothers. Their first child, Lawrence, died in infancy. They had two girls, Anne, who died in 1969; and Jane, who lives in Raleigh with her husband, Ross Roggensack. They have two children, Emily, and Colleen Williams (Matt).

Bob founded Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Mokena, Illinois in 1965. He completed his bachelor's degree at Governor's State University in 1979. He went on to earn masters and doctorate degrees in theology from Clarksville Theological Seminary in 2006.

In 1980 Bob and Ilene moved to Raleigh and joined Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where Bob taught Sunday school for over 30 years. During those years he also taught at Wake Christian Academy, Wake Tech night classes, and North Raleigh Christian Academy.

Although dementia robbed him of his memories and abilities, he held fondly to friends and family. Thank you to all those who have made these final years more pleasant for all of us: Mt. Vernon's Willing Worker's Class, especially Gene; Dr. Sherrill of NRCA; Shelly and Gena from the farm; Emily, Sarah and Rachelle from SeniorBridge; Christina and Wanda from ComforCare, the staff of Atria Oakridge, Whispering Pines, and Raleigh Rehab Center. Special thanks to Dr. Nelson, Rex 6 East, and Transitions Hospice Home.

To the many friends and family members who have supported Jane and Ross with your kind words and prayers, we cannot thank you enough. The Lord has used you to provide our comfort.

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe." Romans 1:16

"The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of Joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalm 126: 3 - 6