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Randy White Thornton

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Randy White Thornton Obituary
August 27, 1955 - May 6, 2016 Randy White Thornton has died - after a fall at his home in Auburn, Alabama - at age 60. The rising Alabama-based novelist, who went by the literary name of Randy Thornhorn, wrote two books that many literary critics praise as among the best Southern gothic novels ever. In August 2015, both of his novels - WICKED TEMPER and THE KESTREL WATERS - made the top 20 in the list of the Oxford American's 100 "Best Southern Novels of All Time." Along with a Los Angeles based collaborator, Thornton had been working on the screenplay of WICKED TEMPER. Both books have received interest from movie producers and will most likely become motion pictures. Sadly, without him. Thornton was born in Torrance, California, but moved to rural east Texas at an early age to live with his beloved Aunt Beth and Uncle Orsborne Williams, and their sons Wade and Jay, on the family farm at Crossroads, near Malakoff, Texas. Upon the marriage of his mother Mary to Ed White, he would move to Oklahoma City and was later joined by siblings: David, Steven and Lisa. After high school he served in the Army from 1976-79. He spent over a dozen years in Los Angeles, acting, writing and learning. He was always an avid reader and writer, jotting poems and short stories, songs and scripts, plays and finally, novels. In early 2001 he moved back to the family farm in east Texas, where he was joined by his partner Barbara Vetter. He would make his final home on a hill in Auburn, Alabama. Anyone who ever met him met a force of nature. His writing touched so many. He was smart, funny, handsome, tortured, maddening, supremely talented and had the most beautiful and clearest blue eyes ever to be seen. He loved animals of all kinds - the three-legged discards were his favorites. He did not suffer fools gladly. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary White and his cousin Wade Williams. He is survived by Barbara Vetter of Woodland Hills, California, his Aunt Beth and Uncle Orsborne Williams of Malakoff, Texas, his Uncle Paul White of New York, his cousin Jay and wife Joyce Williams of Mineola, Texas and their children Jayna and Jared, Wade's son Bennie, as well as, his step-father Ed White of Houston, his brother Steven White of Texas, his brother David White of Idaho, his sister Lisa White Sanchez of New Mexico and a passel of cousins and nieces and nephews, friends from all over the country and fans of his literary works. A private memorial was held at Crossroads, Texas near the family farm. As he wished - he was cremated and his ashes were spread on the land of the farm he loved so much. I was so fortunate to know and love this wonderful, exasperating, multi-talented man. I count every minute together as a true treasure. I will miss him every day of my life. Sleep well, my love, sleep well.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 19, 2016
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