OBITUARY

Robert Harold Thornton

August 20, 1947October 12, 2020
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Robert Harold Thornton, 73, entered into the loving arms of Jesus during the late evening hours of Monday (October 12, 2020) surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness. Bob was born on August 20, 1947 in Tarrant, AL to the late John Harold & Esther Ruth (Vann) Thornton.

Bob retired from Eastman Chemical Company after 29 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed traveling with friends, especially to Disney with his grandson, Austin Dee. He was a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend; he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny and Charlie Thornton.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 52 years, “Gigi” Thornton; son, Alan Thornton & wife Serena; daughter, Kellie Hicks & husband Jeff; four grandchildren, Austin & wife Lauren, Jeffery, Tara, and Nikki; three great-grandchildren, Dawson, Brodee, and Kylie; sister, Polly Thornton McKay & husband Harry; three step-brothers, Joe & wife Bari, Johnny & wife Sherry, and Jerry & wife Sandra Henderson; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Saturday (October 17, 2020) from 1 to 3 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will follow in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home at 3 p.m. with Dr. Jim Royston officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor New York, NY 10001; www.alzfdn.org; 866-232-8484).

Online condolences may be made to the Thornton family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Thornton family.

  • FAMILY

  • "Gigi" Thornton, Wife of Fifty-Two Years
  • Alan Thornton and wife Serena, Son
  • Kellie Hicks and husband Jeff, Daughter
  • Austin and wife Lauren, Jeffery, Tara and Nikki, Grandchildren
  • Dawson, Brodee and Kylie, Great-Grandchildren
  • Polly Thornton McKay and husband Harry, Sister
  • Joe and wife Bari, Johnny and wife Sherry, Jerry and wife Sandra Henderson, Stepbrothers
  • Several Nieces and Nephews, Family
  • John Harold and Esther Ruth (Vann) Thornton, Parents - Deceased
  • Johnny and Charlie Thornton, Brothers - Deceased

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Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

Memories

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Billy Baxter

October 16, 2020

I met Bob at the University of Alabama, he was my roommate for a time before he and Gigi married. We remained friends at college and we both ended up working for Eastman. Shortly afterwards I married my sweetheart of 4 years. The four of us from Alabama hung out together for years. Even stayed up all night one weekend learning to play bridge from the rules on a table cloth. Bob loved a deal even more then me and he always knew how to get the most on trips to Disney or Universal. Bob certainly loved his children and grand children and spent lots of time taking them places and enjoying life. Gigi you are certainly an angel and a saint for your love and care of Bob, especially these later years. Blessings and prayers of comfort for you and the family.

Orieta Mitchell

October 16, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dewanna Cross

October 15, 2020

Bob & I worked together at Eastman for several years. Bob was a good friend to me. We remained close friends even after I no longer worked at Eastman. I often told him he was the most intelligent man I ever knew. He was also a very kind & caring person who loved his family with his whole heart. I will miss him but I have wonderful memories I will always cherish.

Pat Sproles

October 14, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to all the Thornton family. We have good memories of our days at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. God bless and strengthen you. Charles and Pat Sproles

Kathy Denton

October 14, 2020

GIGI, ALLAN & KELLIE,
JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. I WILL REMEMBER BOB HAS ALWAYS HAVING SOMETHING FUNNY TO SAY, HE ALWAYS HAD A STORY TO TELL. LOVE YOU ALL ❤️

Debbie Thouin

October 13, 2020

Bob was always such a nice customer in the years of Thouin Enterprises. We loved working with him! His cheerful personality always made our day better! Much love and sympathy to all of the family!

Debbie Thouin

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Biography

Robert Harold Thornton was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Robert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Robert Harold Thornton, 73, entered into the loving arms of Jesus during the late evening hours of Monday (October 12, 2020) surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness. Bob was born on August 20, 1947 in Tarrant, AL to the late John Harold & Esther Ruth (Vann) Thornton.

Bob retired from Eastman Chemical Company after 29 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed traveling with friends, especially to Disney with his grandson, Austin Dee. He was a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend; he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny and Charlie Thornton.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 52 years, “Gigi” Thornton; son, Alan Thornton & wife Serena; daughter, Kellie Hicks & husband Jeff; four grandchildren, Austin & wife Lauren, Jeffery, Tara, and Nikki; three great-grandchildren, Dawson, Brodee, and Kylie; sister, Polly Thornton McKay & husband Harry; three step-brothers, Joe & wife Bari, Johnny & wife Sherry, and Jerry & wife Sandra Henderson; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Saturday (October 17, 2020) from 1 to 3 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will follow in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home at 3 p.m. with Dr. Jim Royston officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor New York, NY 10001; www.alzfdn.org; 866-232-8484).

Online condolences may be made to the Thornton family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Thornton family.

Simply stated, Robert was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Robert leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert Harold Thornton.

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