Erma Jean Thornton

02/10/1947 - 08/15/2023


Obituary For Erma Jean Thornton

Lima, Ohio

Erma Jean Thornton, age 76, was called home to the Lord at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at Lima Memorial Health System with the love of her family by her side.

Erma was born February 10, 1947, in Lima, OH, to John and Louise (Mickens) Youngblood who both preceded her in death.

Erma was a member of New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. She was a prayer warrior and loved anointing people with her blessed oils. Above all, Erma enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by four children, Kayzel Moore of Lima, Christina Leeks of Waco, TX, Walter (Keri) Jones, Jr. of Toledo, and Kenya (Stephen) Jones - Nwaku of Lima; special daughters, Marva Fisher, Trina Fisher, Falisha Burns, Sharon Fisher, and Vermetha Shorter all of Lima; special son, Alan Fisher of Lima; nine granchildren; eight great-grandchildren; twenty one special grandchildren; and twenty one special great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Youngblood of Lima; former husband, Jimmie Thornton of Waco, TX; former companion, Walter Jones, Sr. of Lima; sister-in-law, Wilma Youngblood, of Lima; and special sister, Betty Williams of Lima; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Herman "Dwayne" Thornton; grandson, Zionair Jones; four brothers, David Youngblood, John Youngblood, Van Youngblood, Jewel Youngblood; and four sisters, Willa Mae Youngblood, Jennie Mae Williams, Christine Youngblood, and Ella Collier.

Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2023, at New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1904 S. Main Street, Lima, OH 45804. Pastor Arnold Manley will officiate the service. A burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, prior the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


8 Sep


11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

New Morning Star Baptist Church 1904 S. Main Street Lima, OH 45804 Get Directions »
8 Sep

Funeral Service

01:00 PM

New Morning Star Baptist Church 1904 S. Main Street Lima, OH 45804 Get Directions »
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  • 08/22/2023

    Aunt Irma as I affectionately called her, was a joy to have known.. to all of her children I love you all🙌🏽🙏🏽❤️

  • 08/20/2023

    Been known Erma for many years came over to the house many many cards going to miss her rest in peace. Colleen Hall

  • 08/20/2023

    From Cassandra Roberson Arnold & Family Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family of Cousin Erma Thornton. Love from God, your new angel and your love for one another will carry you through this.

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