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THORINGTON, Chilton DR. CHILTON FRAZIER THORINGTON Dr. Chilton Frazier, "Chick", Pastor Emeritus NW Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia, passed away, peacefully, September 12, 2011. A retired Presbyterian Minister, Dr. Thorington spent his entire career and life as a dutiful servant of the Presbyterian faith ministering to thousands around the SE and in some cases the world. He was the Pastor and backbone of Atlanta's Northwest Presbyterian Church from its inception in 1961 until his retirement in 1995 and remained active there until his death. The son of a Presbyterian Minister, Dr. Thorington followed in his father's footsteps graduating from King College in 1952 where he later received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. He received his Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1956. After a year of practical experience at Atlanta's First Presbyterian Church, he was ordained into the ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, where he served as Associate Pastor for two years. In 1958 he answered the call to lead the First Presbyterian Church of Selma, Ala. and returned to Atlanta on January 1st, 1961 to assume the responsibilities of Pastor of the newly organized NW Presbyterian Church at West Conway and Northside Drive. He has held numerous denominational positions to include Moderator of both the Tuscaloosa and Atlanta Presbytery and as a licensed pilot, was the National Chaplain of the Civil Air Patrol twice receiving their Exceptional Service Award. Beyond his pastoral duties, "Chick" Thorington's accomplishments were many. Raised in Birmingham, Ala, and later on Signal Mountain, Tenn., he was co-valedictorian of Chattanooga High School. While at King College, he started on both their basketball and baseball teams, was a member of the Letterman's Club and Philothesmian Literary Society, awarded Best All-Around Athlete, and received the coveted Julian King award in recognition of his leadership and contribution to the college. Dr. Thorington is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Billie Thorington, his son Tom and wife Liz Thorington, daughters Sandra Thorington, Anna and husband Jeff Anton, grandchildren Thomas and Frazier McKenzie, Grace, Adria, and Egen Thorington, and Will and Miller Anton He is preceded in death by his father Dr. William Sewell Thorington and mother Adria Miller Thorington. "The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage" (Psalms 16:6) A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, September 17, 2011 at Northwest Presbyterian Church, 4300 Northside Drive, Atlanta, Ga. followed by a reception in Thorington Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Northwest Presbyterian Church in memory of Chilton Frazier Thorington.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 15, 2011