William Thornton
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 4, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Ohio, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 25, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Arkansas, United States
A man of integrity, loyalty, and a giving heart.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, William Thornton, 78, born on August 4, 1934 and passed away on January 25, 2013. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 26th January 2017

"Miss you, Grandpa. Kelli & I will be adding another member to our family this June. Maddie & Will are growing so fast! They had their first season of soccer this past fall. Maddie (4) scored 15 goals and Will (3) scored a goal in 10 games! They start their first season of T-ball this spring. Love you"

This tribute was added by Debra Harrison on 10th November 2016

"Veterans Day, 2016 is tomorrow.  We always went to the ceremony on at the Courthouse.  Someone from the Ladies Aux pinned a poppy on my blouse.  We went to lunch afterwards.  Love you, miss you."

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 4th August 2016

"Happy Birthday, Grandpa! You would have been 82 today. Time flies, no matter how much we miss reminiscing our past experiences. Love you."

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 11th November 2015

"Happy Veteran's Day, Grandpa. Thank you for your service. Love you."

This tribute was added by Debra Harrison on 4th August 2015

"Happy 81st birthday, Dad.  Miss you.  Missing your words of wisdom in only the way you can express.  Missing your laugh and the twinkle in those blue eyes.  However, Will has inherited your glare and wrinkling of the forehead whenever you heard something idiotic.  He also has your appetite.  Loves him a good meatloaf and cabbage.  Raschel missesyou, too.  Still perks his head at the sound of your name and sniffs your picture.  We all miss you in Earth, Dad, but we will all gather together again one day.  Please watch over us until then, and speak to my heart  (or through the wind chimes) those words of encouragement when you feel the need. Love you."

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 4th August 2015

"Happy 81st Birthday, Grandpa. I really miss you, but I'm sure you're enjoying watching over us and watching Maddie & Will grow. It must be wonderful to be in the arms of our Lord in Heaven, and Kelli and I hope we are setting a good Christian example by being a positive influence here on Earth. I hope many of the lessons that you passed down to me are setting an the right example for Maddie & Will. Look forward to seeing you again one day."

This tribute was added by Debra Harrison on 25th January 2015

"I miss him. I miss his white hair and aging face. I miss his charming sarcasm- and yes, sarcasm can be charming. At least it was on Dad. I miss his twinkling eyes and red nose. I miss his writing- that perfect, meticulous print that never changed through the years. I miss the way he referred to my mom as the “dumb polak”.  Her family was native Poland.  I miss the sound of his snoring from the next room, his hollering during a football game, and his "corrective" criticism I played my musical instrument of choice that day. During one practice I even told him to shut up. Did I ever apologize? Dad encouraged the princess in me, and was proud as heck when I could get muddy, golf with him, kept scorebooks for him, spent time with him, anywhere.  
I miss him. Wise, steady, consistent, responsible, considerate, well mannered AND well manicured. Sharp. Witty. Tough. Stubborn. Did I say stubborn? He went to University of Chicago, became an electrician, enlisted in the Army, and became an engineer. He was a great husband, an excellent father and you know what else? A good friend. Dad was my friend. He accepted me, embraced me, loved me and probably worried about me endlessly.
He was my source of security. Stability. My "Go To" guy. My confident. My safety net. My "many things I never told him". He was willing to give me his oxygen. He suffered grief, he suffered disease, and probably a great many things I never knew of. I miss him. I'll see him again in God's glory, but damn I miss him. And I know I said a bad word. But sometimes the experience justifies the word, at least Dad would agree with me, I'm certain of it.
I held Dad’s hand for 30 minutes before he passed.  He told me he loved me.  He told me he was proud of me.   My final gift to Dad was to point him towards his Father... “Because one day you will die”, I said.  For once, he obeyed me.  See, he once was a deacon, Sunday school teacher –never miss a Sunday kind of guy- until he moved down South.  He was a church regular until one day, mom had her varicose veins operated on.  Missed a couple of Sundays.  Church called checking, not necessarily on his absence, but the absence of his tithe. FUMC El Dorado, Perrin Jones, made that call.  When Bro Doug Wills accepted the call to FBC Norphlet, Dad started attending church again.  “Good ole country boy preacher” he would say.  So, I now find comfort that dad found Jesus...that dad knows God...I will miss him, but I will see him again.
I miss him."

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 11th November 2014

"Happy Veterans' Day, Grandpa."

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 11th November 2014

"Happy Veterans' Day, Grandpa."

This tribute was added by Debra Harrison on 4th August 2014

"Happy 80th birthday in Heaven, Dad.  Love and miss you much.

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 4th August 2014

"Happy 80th Birthday, Grandpa. Miss you everyday.


This tribute was added by mathew thornton on 5th July 2013

"Hi Debra,
This is your cousin Mat in Phoenix. Your father and my uncle was a great man and I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I had not seen him or Tim since my father's funeral in 1994. I hope all is well with you and your family. Please stay in touch.

This tribute was added by Greg Harrison on 5th July 2013

"Dean... Thank you. My mother is busy helping my dad, as he just had a knee replacement. Tim has moved to Georgia, and we haven't heard much from him since Grandpa's passing. Once I'm able to locate a new phone number or email address, I will let you know."

This tribute was added by dean Thornton on 4th July 2013

"Debra. Sorry for you loss your dad was my uncle I am Fritz oldest son. I live in Texas.  Do you have any information on your uncle Tim."

This tribute was added by Gammye Marlin Ward on 28th January 2013

"Debra, You and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers,, Only visited with your Dad two or three times when we bought something from his garage sale,, a wonderful man,,, our love and hugs your way.. Marlin, Becky and Brad Ward.."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Beavers on 27th January 2013

"Lifting you up in prayer Debra and family.  May God surround  you with his love to give you comfort during this difficult time.  Love you."

This tribute was added by Trenton Sinclair on 27th January 2013

"Very sorry for your loss. May the arms of Jesus welcome him home and
send comfort you and your family."

This tribute was added by Carol Williams on 27th January 2013

"Debra, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Brian Maxwell on 27th January 2013

"Debra, You know I played American Legion baseball for your Dad for 4 years.  He was a tremendous influence in my life.  My prayers go out to you and your family...."

This tribute was added by Candi Eckhoff on 27th January 2013

"Debra, So sorry for the loss of your Dad, will keep you and your family in my prayers."

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