Ronald T. Thornburg, Sr.
Chesapeake - Ronald Thomas Thornburg, Sr., 77, died June 16th at his home. He was born September 6, 1935, in Wheeling, West Virginia to Oscar and Emma Thornburg.
Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps
(1st Marine Division) during and after the Korean War
, and was awarded a Purple Heart
with 2 Stars for his service. He retired from Grace Corporation/Baker & Taylor Book Distributors after many years of servicing public schools and libraries in Virginia and North Carolina. He also worked for the past eight years at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Homes. In addition to being a 32nd Degree Mason in Great Bridge Lodge 257, he was a member of Rosemont Christian Church and served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years.
For more than thirty years, Ron played the drums with local bands and artists such as Benny Gould and entertained at many local venues after forming his own band, Ron Bob & Company. Ron was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, but he especially appreciated visiting his cottage in the Outer Banks and relaxing with a good book or family and friends. He was a proud member of the "Creekmore Coffee Club" that met daily at the Creekmore Hardware store to drink coffee and solve the problems of the world. Throughout his life, wherever he went, he never met a stranger and loved to share a pleasantry or joke that would make someone smile and brighten their day. His beloved sidekick and Golden Retriever, Bear, often accompanied him on many of his adventures.
Ron is survived by his wife of thirty years, Marilyn, two children, Cindy Thornburg and Ron Thornburg, Jr. (Lisa), and stepson John H. Rowland, III. He is also survived by his grandchildren Chris Thornburg, Lauren Thornburg, John H. Rowland IV, Stephanie Buczacki, Ashley Carroll, Brittany Rowland, and great-grandson, Cooper Rowland. In addition, he is survived by the mother of his children, Betty Thornburg, a sister Jean Ellis Huston, brother Doug Thornburg and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, and stepson Doug Rowland.
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, June 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the Indian River chapel of Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Ernest Trueblood. Following the service, burial with full military honors will be held at Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans
Cemetery in Suffolk, VA. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, 1012 Cromwell Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23324. Please go to www.hollomon-brown.com
to share special memories of Ron with family and friends.