George Thornton Jr.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2008

MONTEREY – Services for George D. “Doug” Thornton Jr., of Monterey, formerly of Newellton, La., who died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Riverland Medical Center, in Ferriday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Fellowship Church with the Revs. George Ferrington, Gene Brown and Bill Bearden officiating.
Burial will follow at Legion Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Mr. Thornton was born April 26, 1926, in Texon, Texas, the son of George Dudley Thornton Sr. and Gladys Delores Denny Pachta. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his country faithfully during World War II as a merchant marine. Doug was a member of Christian Fellowship Church in Winnsboro and the American Quarter Horses Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris “Chick” Thornton; his parents; and one brother, Keith Leroy Thornton.
Survivors include five children, Dutch Thornton and wife, Jill, and Vickie Reynolds and husband, Hambone, all of Monterey, Butch Thornton of Newellton, La., Debbie Thibodeaux and Squirrel Thornton and wife, Liz, all of Winnsboro, La.; two brothers, Richard Tabor of Hattiesburg and Henry Dale Pachta of Amarillo, Texas; one aunt, Vasconcelles of Brentwood, Calif.; and 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bo Thornton, Floyd Thornton, Dutch Thornton, Seth Thornton, Josh Thornton and Robert Pearson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike “Yank” Ray, Mark Day, Danny Hendry, David Merritt, Darrell “Flip” Wilson, Sonny Etheridge and Derrick Barlow.
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