Russell O. Thornton, 72, of Kingston, passed away Thursday June 6, 2013, at his home.
He was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church and past master of Union Lodge 38 F&AM. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps
, he worked at Union Carbide and Lockheed Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Anna Thornton; brother, LeRoy Thornton; and brother-in-law, Cliff Halsey.
Survivors include wife of 34 years, Patsy Thornton, Kingston; children, Pamila Russell and husband Travis, Lenoir City, Robert Shay Ott and wife Donna, Kingston, Kimberly Jackson and husband Rick, Jacksonville, N.C., Russell Lee Thornton, Kingston, Ana'Le Watson and husband Joseph "Tre", Lenoir City, and Mack Ladd, Harriman; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; special caregivers, Tina Clark and Robin Platt, both of Kingston; uncle and aunt, Lou and Sally Giovannelli; sisters, Peggy Halsey, Florida, and Karen McDowell, Mississippi; several nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Friday, June 14, in Southwest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry Bolden officiating, followed by a Masonic memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to either
, 871 N. Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909;
, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909; or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 355 Trane Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919. Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston, is in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com