Morris Thornton, age 86, of Screven, died Monday afternoon (11/25/13) at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup, following an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of K’ville, Mr. Thornton was born January 1, 1927 to the late Thomas J. and Ella Crews Thornton. He was a veteran, having served in the US Army during World War II and was retired from Suburban Gas where he had drove the gas truck for many years. He also was a mechanic and had farmed all of his life. He was a faithful member and deacon of Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Screven.
Mr. Thornton is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Murray Thornton of K’ville; two sons: Jerry M. Thornton (wife, Kathleen) and James “Jimmy” Thornton (wife, Cheryl), all of K’ville; seven grandchildren: Heidi Thomas (husband, Tim) of Milledgeville, Charissa Fitch (husband, Brannon) of Atlanta, Amber Watts (husband, Josh) of Statesboro, Jennifer Johnson (husband, Chris) of Reidsville, Jamie Thornton of Brunswick, Aaron Thornton (wife, Bethany) of Guyton, Miranda James (husband, Jerry) of Surrency, and Eric Mizell (wife, Jessica) of Alma; 15 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Johnny Murray of Orlando, FL; a sister-in-law: Eva Mae Murray of Surrency; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A funeral service took place on Wednesday morning (11/27/13) at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear. Burial followed in Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Big Creek Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ardle Lightsey, 565 Lightsey Road, Odum, GA 31555.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.