Douglas Thornton

Douglas V. Thornton, 72

NEWTON GROVE — Douglas Vance Thornton, 72, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at West and Dunn Funeral Home, Newton Grove on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

He was born on December 21, 1941 in Newton Grove to the late Frank Norwood Thornton and Ruth Thornton Jones. He was preceded in death by Bonnie Sue Thornton, his loving wife of 44 years.

Douglas was a lifelong resident of Newton Grove where he and Bonnie raised their three girls. He was employed with Hog Slat for 26 years. Douglas also served his country in Vietnam.

He is survived by his three children, Teresa Parker of Atmore Ala., Lela Beasley (fiancé Jerome Faulkner) of Newton Grove, and Tonya Sells (husband Julius Sells) of Atmore, Ala.; six grandchildren, Chason and Mackenzie Beasley of Newton Grove, Tabitha and Bonnie Parker of Newton Grove, and Thornton and Julia Sells of Atmore, Ala.; three sisters and one brother, Sara Sutton Buff of Newton Grove, Linda Reardon of Smithfield, Dixie Barbour of Four Oaks, and Gordon Thornton of Raleigh.

Douglas was known as the unofficial ambassador to his family who loved his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews dearly. He was also a devoted friend to many. He was also known for his quick wit, good sense of humor and had a passion for a good yard sale.

Visitation will be after the service at the home of his daughter, Lela Beasley, 316 N. Church St., Newton Grove.

Memorials may be made to the Newton Grove Fire Department.

Condolences may be made at A service of West & Dunn Funeral Home, Newton Grove.

Funeral Home

West and Dunn Funeral Home
503 Raleigh Street Newton Grove, NC 28366
(910) 594-1004

Published in The Sampson Independent from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2014