William C. Thornton Jr.

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After living a long and eventful life, William C. Thornton Jr., family man, businessman and civic leader, passed away with dignity and love Jan. 18, 2011. He was 82. Bill began his long, successful business career in Atlanta more than 60 years ago. He founded and managed Thornton and Company Insurance, and Thornton and Company Real Estate and Development.
Bill's prodigious energy, intelligence and business acumen led to his election as president of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. At that time Bill was the youngest person to ever hold that position. He later sat on the board of directors for several organizations and businesses, most notably C&S Bank and Nation's Bank.
Bill was also a highly active leader in the community and took great joy in his civic responsibilities. He was president of the Tucker Shrine Club and president of the DeKalb Chapter of The American Cancer Society. A leader in the revival of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, he served as the organization's president as well. He served as a deacon, elder and treasurer in the Presbyterian church.
Bill still found time for several avocations. He was an accomplished pilot who won several contests for precision flying. He was also an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judith Thornton; former wife, Barbara Rogers; children, Gayle Fallen, William Bennett Thornton, Michael Thornton, David Thornton, Kristen Thornton-Webb; grandchildren, Brandy Kerby, Natalie Thornton, Zachary Thornton, Melissa Fallen, Matthew Fallen, Dylan Webb; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, at Venice Presbyterian Church. The family will be present at 1:15 p.m. with a memorial service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.
Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Published in ForsythNews.com from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, 2011