Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pittsburg with Michael Ramsey, Roger Thornton, Billy Frazier, Gerald Burnett, Michael Hayes and Eddie Jaynes serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at West Oaks Funeral Home.
Mr. Thornton died Monday, June 4, 2012, while jogging.
He was born on Sept. 13, 1955, in Greenwood, Miss., the son of Bernard Leonard Thornton Sr., and Lucy Lea (Murray) Thornton.
Mr. Thornton received his bachelor's degree from East Texas State University. He taught sixth grade at White Rock Elementary School. He attended Peace Church in Mesquite.
He is survived by his mother; three brothers, Raymond Thornton and wife, Sue, of Edmond, Okla., Wayne Thornton and wife, Kay, of Pittsburg, and Sam Thornton and wife, Norma, of Ft. Worth; one aunt, Mary Hutchison of Clinton, Miss.; two uncles, Burnette Thornton of Bude, Miss., and Glen Thornton of Jackson, Miss; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; one nephew, Stephen Thornton; two aunts; and five uncles.
Memorials may be made to Gideon's Association at www.gideons.org or to Peace Church, 2401 N. Beltline Road, Mesquite, TX 75150.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. The online guest book can be signed at:
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