Samuel Everett 'Tom' Thornton

KINSTON – Samuel Everett "Tom" Thornton passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Lenoir Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born September 16, 1928 to the late Facie and Blanche Thornton. He grew up in the Bentonville Community of Johnston County and moved to Kinston to work at DuPont where he retired after 33 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Thornton Lewis. Tom was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and friend whose greatest joy in life was providing for his family and "building and fixing stuff" in his shop. He was known for his sense of humor and being a hard worker and lesser known was his talent as an artist. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughter, Mary Lynn Thornton of Kinston; two sons, Steve and wife Glynda of Winterville and Gary of Kinston; son-in-law, Jim Lewis; four grandchildren, Brian Croom and wife Amanda of Kinston, Heather Matter of Hillsborough, Kasi and Matt Brooks of Greenville and Alex Thornton of Winterville. He has seven great-grandchildren, Brannigan, Haley and Aubrey Croom of Kinston, Maren and Morgan Matter of Hillsborough and Wyatt and Sloan Brooks of Greenville. He is also survived by his sisters, Arlene Strickland of Dunn, Nellie Westbrook of Four Oaks, Kathy Lee and husband Junior, and Barbara Bryant; brothers, Blake Thornton and wife Alice Faye of Goldsboro, Jerry Thornton and wife Joan, Dennis Thornton and wife Ruby, and Everett Thornton and wife Paula, all of Four Oaks. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home in Kinston with Pastors Aaron Pendley and Ivy White officiating. The family will receive friends following the service and other times at the home. A private burial will be held at a later time. The family would like to thank Lenoir Memorial Hospital and all the healthcare professionals who took care of him during his illness. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com. Sign the guestbook at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

Funeral Home

Howard-Carter Funeral Home - Kinston
1608 W Vernon Ave.  Kinston, NC 28504
(252) 523-3177

Published in Free Press on Mar. 29, 2014