Bernard Lamar Thornton

Born: Sun., Sep. 14, 1924
Died: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
Location: Hart Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
Location: Hart Funeral Home Chapel

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Mr. Bernard Lamar Thornton, age 94, of Patterson, died early Wednesday morning (11/21/18) at his residence following an extended illness.

Born September 14, 1924 in Baxley, he was a son of the late Tommie and Alma Milikin Thornton. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Heavy Automotive Equipment Operator.  He lived most of his life in Pierce County where he was a longtime farmer. He was a longtime, faithful member of Patterson United Methodist Church, serving on many committees and was the oldest living member of the church.   He was also a former member of the Patterson Lions Club.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Robert Thornton, Bill Thornton, and James Thornton; and a brother-in-law, J.L. Lee.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 72 years, Willie Mae Crosby Thornton of Patterson; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Dwight Strickland of Lizella, GA and Melinda and Mike Monroe of Waycross; 4 grandchildren, Melissa Spillers (husband Donald) of Roberta, Stephanie Grantham (Rev. Chip) of Tifton, Stephen Strickland (wife Brandy) of Lizella, Lindy Monroe Tisdel (husband Matt) of Smyrna; 7 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Helen Thornton Lee of Bristol and Hazel Bowen (husband Sonny) of Dublin; 1 brother, T.J. Thornton (wife Rocea) Jacksonville, FL; 2 sisters-in-law, Eleanor Thornton and Martha Thornton, both of Bristol; special nieces,  Elizabeth Henry of Green Cove Springs, FL and Kay Lane of Blackshear; a dedicated friend who showed love and support during his illness, Vickie Anderson of Patterson; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will take place Saturday (11/24/18) at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

The family requests all members of Patterson United Methodist Church to serve as honorary pallbearers. Please be at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m.

Special thanks to Dr. Alan Morton and his staff for years of dedicated service and also to the nurses and staff of Hospice Satilla.

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Pamela & Steve Hudson
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
Deepest sympathies to Willie Mae and family. May the LORD comfort and protect you.

Debra Griffin Cohoon
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
Oh my dear Melinda, Miss Willie Mae and Jan - I am so sorry to see this about your sweet Dad and husband. It is so hard to loose a family member especially during the holidays. I have so many wonderful memories from our childhood spending the night at the Thornton's. Hugs and prayers to all of you!! Wish I lived closer so I could be there to hug you in person.

Wanda Castleberry
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

Bill and Grace Parsons
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
Dear Melinda, Mike, Lindy, Matt, and family, You all are in our thoughts and our prayers. We apologize for missing the service on Saturday. We love you all, Grace and Bill

June Strickland
   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Bernard's passing. I found out Saturday morning when Leon called and told me. I would have been there Willie Mae for you and family. Prayers for strength, peace and calm. Love you, June

Lynn Joyner
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
I didn't know...and am sorry for your loss. My distant family, I do love you all...and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Lynn
Benny and Hilda's daughter

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