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Tony Lee Thornton, age 56, of Erie, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, January 29th 2014 at UPMC Hamot. Tony was born September 28th, 1957, in Butler, Alabama, to the late Mr. Robert Thornton and Mrs. Julia Lee Johnson, who currently lives in Mobile, Alabama.
Tony grew up in Toxy, Alabama, but resided in Erie, Pa. most of his life. He was employed at General Electric for over 25 years, until his recent retirement in 2013, due to an illness. He was fond of fishing, sports and gardening. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. Tony was a wonderful husband and father, and he will be profoundly missed by his loved ones.
Tony is survived by his beloved wife of over 20 years Lydia Ross Thornton and their three sons, Tony Lee Joseph Jr., Matthew Lee Isaac, and Brandon Lee Jeremiah Thornton, two daughters Kiya Lisa Marie Thornton and stepdaughter Nettie Ruth Marie Johnson and her husband Darnell. He also leaves two step-grandchildren Wayne Fuller Jr. and Darion Johnson, who all live in Erie, Pa. He is further survived by his brothers Ira Gene (Bruh) Thornton and his wife Donicha of Yarbo, Alabama, William Robinson, Jr. "Doobie," James Lee Robinson and his wife Jeanett, and Keith Robinson, all of Erie; sisters Patricia Philon and her husband Woodie of Silas, Alabama, Thelma Davis and her husband Oscar, of Mobile, Alabama, and Meslica Roberts and her husband Dexter, Louise Dixon and her husband Robert, Tynia Brewton and her husband Kenneth, all of Erie. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
In addition to his father, Tony was preceded in death by a son Deltonio Murphy, a brother, Arther Lee Thornton, a stepsister, Tammy Sue Robinson and his stepmother, Vinnie Lee Robinson.
Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 602 West Tenth Street, Erie, PA 16502, on Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m., and are invited to services on Monday at 11:00 a.m., at St. James AME Church, 236 East 11th Street, Erie, PA 16503, with Reverend Kary Williams Jr. and Reverend Dorothy Ross officiating. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie, PA 16501.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 1, 2014