OBITUARY

Mr. Ike Cleveland Thornton

April 16, 1921August 7, 2019
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Mr. Ike Cleveland Thornton, 98 passed away peacefully at home in his sleep as he wished on Wednesday August 7th, 2019. He was a native of Georgia, joined the Navy in WWII, the Army in Korea twice, and then made a career and retired from the Air Force. He was a world traveler and avid outdoorsman until his early 90’s. He loved his family and helped many people along the way without seeking recognition. After retiring from the Air Force he started several businesses, one of which he started at 65! He had a wonderful sense of humor, terrific outlook on life, and never met a stranger. He will be missed dearly but his legacy continues on through his family. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary “Nell” Tate Thornton to whom he was married for 61 years. He is survived by his daughter Connie, son Ivey (Julie) and grandchildren Sara (Pooran), Brett (Vivian), Heather (Patrick), and 5 Great Grandchildren Destany, Lennon, Iyla, Shelby and Piper.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, August 12, 2019

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Dorcas Regelbrugge

August 11, 2019

While I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Thornton, I am privileged to have gotten to know him through his beautiful and caring granddaughter, Sara. His life of service to our country and his modest spirit not only was an inspiration to his family, but to all of us who seek to do good for our families and our community.

To the entire Thornton family, I extend my sincerest condolences on the loss of this extraordinary man and exemplary American.

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