Walter Wade Thornton

Published 2:46 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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June 28, 1966 – June 22, 2024

NATCHEZ — Walter “Wade” Thornton, 57, of Natchez, MS passed away on June 22, 2024.  He passed away in his home surrounded by his family listening to his favorite song, Purple Rain.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2024, at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Burial will immediately follow under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2024, and 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2024, at Laird Funeral Home.

Wade was born on June 28, 1966, to Willie and Helen Thornton in Natchez, MS.

Wade was a 1984 graduate from South Natchez. He went on to become the best air guitarist in Adams, Jefferson, Franklin and Wilkinson County.

Wade was a member of Buck Island Hunting Club, and you could often find him there demonstrating his skills and giving lessons. When he was not playing air guitar, Wade was spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, mud riding, listening to music and aggravating those around him.

Wade was greeted in heaven by his Dad, Willie Thornton Jr, his brother-in-law Jerry Roberts, and his brother-in-law Michael Wheeler.

He is survived by his mother Helen Thornton, sister Tammy Wheeler, brother Gary Thornton, son Colson Thornton, daughter Maecee Thornton Perry and her husband Sean, favorite grandchild and troublemaker, Audree Marie Perry, nephew Ron Watts and his wife Erin Watts, niece Katlyn Thornton and fiancé Emily Nolan, niece Lindsey Wheeler, niece Mallory Sewell and her husband Logan, nephew Will Thornton, nephew Slick Frank and his wife Amanda, nephew Graham Roberts, and niece KariAnna Weatherly and her husband Trae.

Those escorting Wade to and from the hearse are Gary Thornton, Will Thornton, Ron Watts, Mark Williams, Conner House, and Sean Perry.

Honorary pallbearers are present and past members of Buck Island Hunting Club.

We are so thankful for the amazing friends that loved Dad so much. He was one of a kind and he will be missed by so many.

There will be a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. on June 28 at the Good Hope shop at the end of Marion E Seyfarth Rd.

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