December 31, 1929 – August 9, 2018
Eugene Thornhill died on August 9, 2018 at the age of 88. Although he was not in the best of health, he spent the day doing some of his favorite things. He drove his Cadillac (Gene was a Cadillac man), had lunch with his wife, eating fried chicken, french fries and sweet tea. The Good Lord decided to call him home after such a fine day. He was one of three children born to Caleb and Alta Thornhill on December 31, 1929 in Whitewright, Texas. He graduated from Whitewright High School in 1947. He received a full scholarship to attend and play football for the University of Oklahoma but was unable to attend college full time. Gene married his wife Dorothy McWhorter in 1950 and they had four sons that will testify that their father was a man of many talents and taught them the golden rules of honesty, a strong work ethic and compassion. His wife Dot passed in 1982, and he was left to raise his youngest son alone. In 1984, he married Paula Gilliland Hubbard. He treated her four children, their spouses and children as his own. Many enjoyable, loud and crazy times were had by this man and his large family.
He found a career in electrical utility construction and worked for C. C. Teague and Sons for 27 years leaving there as Vice President in 1979 to start TLT Construction Company with two partners. Gene was the CEO of TLT for over forty years. He was on the executive board of PCCA, an association of electrical contractors, and an executive member for the Texas A&M Safety Organization. Before moving to Coppell, Gene was a gentleman rancher who raised black Brangus cattle at the Trails End Ranch in Van Alstyne, Texas. In 1997, Gene and Paula moved to Coppell, Texas where he lived until his death. There, he was a member of First United Methodist Church and was active in their JOY group. Gene was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Travis 117 Masonic Lodge and the Dallas Valley Scottish Rite for over 65 years.
Eugene Thornhill is survived by his wife Paula of 34 years, eight children and their spouses, Garry and Lisa Thornhill, Larry and Jeanie Thornhill, Terry and Teresa Thornhill, Sam and Stefani Thornhill, Renee and Terry Zettle, Randy and Robin Hubbard, Ron and Kristi Hubbard and Rob Hubbard. In addition, he is survived by 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home in Coppell on Tuesday, August 14th, 5:00-7:00. Funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church of Coppell on Wednesday, August 15th, 10:00 am with burial following at Rolling Oaks Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to First United Methodist Church of Coppell.
- Caleb Thornhill
- Phillip Norris
- Bradley Norris
- Garrett Thornhill
- Jarrett Hubbard
- RJ Hubbard
- Jason Thornhill
- Geoffrey Thornhill
- Visitation Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
- Committal Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Dave and Barbara Swierega
August 17, 2018
We have many wonderful memories of Gene and send our sympathy to you, especially Sam.
Neighbors on Dalgreen.
August 14, 2018
Some of the best times of my childhood revolve around Trails End Ranch in Pilot Grove or just "Grandad's" as my brothers and I called it. Dad would take us boys out there on Saturdays to fish. We would fish for a couple of hours then find our way to the hay lot for a game of hide and seek or king of the bales. 4th of July fireworks down at the pond. Christmas lunch, Paula made such a delicious meal!! She must have worked on that meal for days. Grandad would sit at the head of the table and say grace. Grandad always seemed like he was transcendent, like John Wayne or Charlton Heston a man's man. He was that but he also had a kind and gentle side that came out when talking to us kids. You never wondered about what Grandad stood for, it was do the right thing every time and always tell the truth. Gene Thornhill aka Grandad will be missed by so many!! What a life loved!
August 13, 2018
My feeling of shock and sadness will eventually pass as I know I will see you again someday. I know that the love you gave me as a child and later to Stefani and Sara will never be forgotten. If I could start the clock over and pick anyone in the world to be my Dad I would undoubtedly always pick you.
We will miss you, and will forever love you.
August 13, 2018
Thank you for being a good friend to all, great dad to us and an awesome grandad to ours! You have helped make family memories that will last forever.
Rob, Peyton and RJ
August 13, 2018
Mr. Thornhill served the electric utility in North Texas for many years as a valued contracting company. He and his family helped get electricity to many homes in the area for a number of years. His professionalism and manner of conducting business were above and beyond customer service. I worked with several members of his family and they had the same manner of service that he did. My condolences to the Thornhill family.
August 12, 2018
Dad was a great father ! A father who took the time to teach me and my three other brothers on telling the truth no matter the circumstances . He was a loving and most of all a man of his word .
Thank you Dad for always being there with any questions we might have in living life .
August 11, 2018
I’m so sorry to just get the news about Gene. He was a wonderful man and talented businessman. I enjoyed knowing him on a professional and personal level. My condolences to Garry, Larry, Sam, and extended family. Connie Purdom