OBITUARY

Joe Ben Thornton

September 8, 1940May 1, 2021

Our beloved Joe Ben Thornton left this earth on Saturday, May 1, 2021, after battling a long illness and complications from surgery. Born September 8, 1940, in Fort Mill, South Carolina, to Myrtle Ruth and L.F. "Doc" Thornton. A memorial service for Joe will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, TX. Joe is survived by his wife Frankie Thornton, daughter Cindy Beshears and husband Gene, son Michael Thornton and wife Tonya, and brother Dan Thornton. Joe was preceded in death by grandchildren Sydnee and Sierra Thornton and is also survived by grandchildren: Shane Beshears, Garrett Beshears, Joe Beshears, Wesley Beshears, Megan Williams, Morgan Thornton, and Serenity Thornton and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Joe had 6 great-grandchildren Emma Beshears, Everlee Beshears, Adilee Beshears, Kara Beshears, Lily Beshears, and Bryce Williams. Joe was a Navy veteran and loved reading, collecting coins, history, and outdoors especially the beach. Joe will be cremated and will receive military honors. His memorial service will be held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple, Texas, Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Thornton family.

Services

5 June

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home


Temple, TX

Memories

Joe Ben Thornton

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Pat&Jack Fuller

May 8, 2021

Longtime friends of Joe and Frankie. We shared Navy experiences and life experiences. Joe’s last visit to Amarillo was really fun and my(Pat) last visit to Temple was a special time spent visiting and listening to his many jokes. We even got to celebrate his 80th via video. Such a great guy. Will miss him.

Mollie Ferguson

May 8, 2021

Remember at Myrtle's funeral Joe was so fun and easy going. So sorry for your loss.

Pat Campbell

May 8, 2021

Joe Ben was a classmate and a fond memory. When I saw him two years ago at our 60th class reunion it was as if time had stood still and not the sixty years which had passed. We shared a hug as we said goodbye and he said he planned to come to the next reunion and to bring his wife. My prayers are with his family, we will all miss him

Gerrie Merritt

May 8, 2021

Joe Ben was one of 52 of us in the graduating class of 1958 in Fort Mill, SC and we all considered ourselves to be very close friends still these many years later.
He attended a class reunion two years ago in Fort Mill and he had planned to attend others.
We all feel like family when we are together and are so blessed to have had good memories to share.
Bless you family! Just know we all care and feel your pain and are praying for all of you. Love to you. Gerrie

Judy Sain Fewell

May 8, 2021

Joe Ben was a member of my high school class. All of us have many good memories of him—high school prom ( he wore a white tux jacket and looked so nice), always smiling, riding bikes in the neighborhood, and seeing and visiting with him at our reunion a few years ago.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Lora Beshears

May 5, 2021

My condolences to the family. My prayer is for God to provide strength and peace to each of you as you are forced to accept the death of someone so dear to you. Hold on to your memories and Joe will live in your heart forever.

Lora Lee Beshears

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