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EARL SYLVESTER THORNE

May 11, 1936 March 11, 2012
EARL SYLVESTER THORNE
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Earl S. Thorne was born on May 11, 1936, to the late Mary E. Thorne. He was reared by the late Minnie and Norman Smith. After a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer, he departed this earthly life to ascend into glory on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Earl spent his childhood years in both Baltimore, Maryland and Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He later moved to Howard County, MD and finished his secondary education at Harriet Tubman High School in 1955. He matriculated to Bowie State Teachers College where he was nicknamed “Doc” and “Professor”. In 1959, he received his Bachelors of Science in Education. While attending Bowie State, he met Veronica Irene Mason, the woman who later became his life partner. They were married on August 22, 1959, and from this union, two children were born. Earl spent 36 years in the Calvert County Public School System. His teaching career began in 1959, as a social studies teacher at Brooks High School. Following integration of the school system, he moved to Calvert Middle School, and later was offered the position of vice principal. From there, he worked as vice principal at Northern Middle School. In 1970, he was named the principal at Southern Middle School and became the first African American middle school principal in Calvert County. He later returned to Northern Middle School in the role of principal, and retired in 1995. Doing his job meant more than just going to work. As a classroom teacher, he was involved with the Calvert Education Association and even held the office of president for a term. As a principal, he was active with the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. In addition, he was a lifetime member of the Maryland PTA. His tenacity and enthusiasm for education were also evident in his involvement in social and community activities. He was a member of the Red Cross, St. John Vianney Parish Council, Calvert Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, and appointed to the Calvert County Planning and Zoning Commission, Calvert County Citizens Advisory Board and several other organizations. He was also very dedicated, involved, and proud of the accomplishments of the Calvert Sandettes and Strutters, a community majorette, color corps and marching band group. In the late 70’s Earl and Veronica became Independent Shaklee Distributors. After retiring, Earl started playing a more active role in the business, and enjoyed travelling to several conventions. Shaklee was not the only business he helped grow. In 1996, his daughter and son-in-law started Smart Ride, Inc., a transportation company. He was an integral part of the growth and stability of the company offering advice, labor, office space, and funds to help keep the business going. He touched many people through both of these businesses and formed many strong friendships. His favorite pastime was fishing. His hobbies included watching the Washington Redskins, reading, playing pinochle, building and fixing things, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends. Earl was a devoted brother to all members of the Knights of Columbus. After achieving the status of a 4th Degree Knight, he served as the Color Corp Commander, District Warden for three Masters in the Archdiocese of Washington , and Faithful Navigator for the Lord Baltimore Assembly. The 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus focuses on Patriotism. Earl took that to heart in that he started a flag program in several of the county schools – both public and private. He later opened this program up to the community by providing flags to individuals. Throughout his life, he imparted advice and words of wisdom to many people. He lived by the motto “It’s better to be prepared and not go, then to go and not be prepared.” He empowered students, influenced colleagues, and welcomed and embraced friends and family. Anyone he met was immediately drawn to his integrity, character and smile. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his foster brother, Norman “Sonny” Smith. He leaves to cherish his loving memories, a devoted wife of 52 years, Veronica Mason Thorne, two daughters, Cynthia Thorne-Carter (George) of Prince Frederick, MD, and Christine Veronica Thorne of Upper Marlboro, MD.; three granddaughters, Tobi, Triana and Tarah Carter of Prince Frederick, MD; one brother in law, Harry F. Mason of Leonardtown, MD; four sisters in law, Sarah A. Milburn, and Alberta Campbell , both of Leonardtown, MD, Nellie Lawrence-Clayton (Ralph) of Callaway, MD, and Idella DeLeaver (Jesse) of Prince Frederick, MD; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Visitation

Thursday

15

Mar

2:00 PM 3/15/2012 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/15/2012 4:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Thursday

15

Mar

6:00 PM 3/15/2012 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/15/2012 8:00:00 PM
St. John Vianney Catholic Church

105 Vianney Lane
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

St. John Vianney Catholic Church
105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Friday

16

Mar

10:00 AM 3/16/2012 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/16/2012 11:00:00 AM
St. John Vianney Catholic Church

105 Vianney Lane
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

St. John Vianney Catholic Church
105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Service

Friday

16

Mar

11:00 AM 3/16/2012 11:00:00 AM
St. John Vianney Catholic Church

105 Vianney Lane
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

St. John Vianney Catholic Church
105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. John Vianney Catholic Church Final Resting Place

105 Vianney Lane
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States
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