Barry Ronald Thornton
January 17, 1949 – March 2, 2020
BARRY RONALD THORNTON passed away on March 02, 2020. Barry was 71 years old. He was born in Greenfield, MA on January 17, 1949.
Barry graduated from Amherst Reginal. He got married to Victoria Linn Graham Thornton on July 11, 1975. He had a career with the U.S. government, and worked for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Homeland Security. He had a passion for skeet shooting and was a member of National Skeet Shooting Assoc., as well as P3 Aircraft.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald E. Thornton and Helen L. Comins Scarborough; He is survived by his wife, Victoria Thornton, his son, Kenneth Thornton, and his daughter, Linnea Werner; his grandchild, Atley T. Epping; siblings, Diane Dubuque, Kevin Scarborough, and Philip Thornton.
No visitation or services are scheduled at this time. A short military honor detail to be held at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, 4901 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cagemillsfuneraldirectors.com for the Thornton Family.
- Donald E. Thornton, Father (deceased)
- Helen L. Comins Scarborough, Mother (deceased)
- Victoria L. Thornton, Wife
- Linnea Werner, Daughter
- Kenneth Thornton, Son
- Atley T. Epping, Grandchild
- Diane Dubuque, Sister
- Kevin Scarborough, Brother
- Philip Thornton, Brother
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Barry Ronald Thornton
March 11, 2020
Sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. We missed meeting years ago when I worked in Connecticut. Rest In Peace my old friend. Will miss you at our next reunion but will lift a glass in your memory.
March 8, 2020
My husband & I went to High School together with Barry. Both men went on to military careers. We stayed in touch as much as possible, but time and life don't always help. My sincere condolences to your family.
Nancy Jenks Hankinson
widow of James Hankinson
March 7, 2020
For My Dear Friend Diane & Barry's Family,
Please accept my sincerest sympathies for the loss of your dear Barry. May God Bless you all and may you share joy and love and heal with fond memories and family stories.
Jan French Dicey
March 6, 2020
My dearest cousin Barry,
I remember so many things, and the most wonderful memories from our childhood. I always admired you, looked up to you and would get happy knowing you were around. You were about 5 years older than me. I remember at our Gramma’s house in Greenfield, when I was about 10 years old. You were playing with a ball maybe shooting basketball hoops. I think you you must have been about 15 years old or so. I would always be so happy to be around you that I was probably quite annoying. Gramma scolded me and made me come inside saying “stop that, leave him alone”. I wanted to be outside with you but what 15 year old wants an annoying 10 year old at his heels, LOL!
And whenever we had big family gatherings, some at your Mom’s house in Amherst, I always asked “Is Barry here.? Where’s Barry?”
And proceed to bug you again. But you were always kind to all of us cousins. We were all close until we got older and went separate ways. But even then I often thought of you and Diane and Kevin. I was sad when the Amherst house went on the market.
Diane and I keep in touch, mostly by email.
Then one day you popped up in an email saying “Hey Cuz!”
I felt a warm fuzzy glow to here from you. And you went on a noble quest to search out the family’s Lithuanian ancestry.
Most recently when you sent an email to us cousins about what you were going through, I was speechless. I wanted to bring you to California to UCLA but I didn’t have all the information, it all unfolded so fast. But to me, you are not gone. You will forever live in my heart. And,...I’m one of those people that believes in an after life and really believe I will see you and others we both love.
One more thing...I’m sure your wife and kids are missing you terribly. With memories of their own. I’ve not had the honor of meeting them but if they are reading this, I want them to know I’d like to be available if they need anything. Diane and I will keep in contact. Luv, Bev
March 4, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Barry. He was my customer and was the greatest, even when he had a bone to pick with me. You could count on him to let you know EXACTLY where he stood and very often was seeing problems well ahead of the rest of us. I learned a great deal about the P-3 from him and will carry the memories of our work together and the enjoyment of his company for the rest of my life. My heart goes out to his family and immediate friends. I know the importance of his friendship to me so I can only imagine your loss. Please know my appreciation for him and his character and my appreciation for the time he shared with us that was subtracted from his available time with you.
March 4, 2020
"Do you make beer...?" Just one of the many unexpected questions asked of me by Barry over the years. Barry was a mentor to me. Always with a smile and a level-headed , common sense approach to any situation. He firmly believed that every person had value and treated all with that premise.
Barry tought people to always have patience, consider before you react and go forward with confidence. These lessons were not delivered in words, but through his own behavior. Creative, curious of the world and forever pursuing a new interest, he has been an inspiration to me and many others.
I miss his disarmingly humble, yet shockingly capable presence. A genuine wonderful person. "Tanks.." that was his sign off to almost any interchange, a simple acknowledgment of gratitude. I will miss him dearly .