McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 7, 2013

Jerry E. Thornton


Submitted report

McALESTER — Jerry E. Thornton, 75, of Allen, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Calvin.

There will be no formal service. Arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.

Born Dec. 22, 1937, in Stuart, he was the son of Arlon Edward and Lois (Linton) Thornton. He grew up a migratory farm worker’s son and received his education in numerous California schools, also in Tannehill, Round Prairie and Atwood schools. He was a graduate of Atwood High School.

He entered the United States Air Force in January 1957. He was honorably discharged in 1961 at Travis Air Force Base in California.

He married Villetta D. Watts on June 2, 1959, in Reno, Nev. They established their home in Hughes County. They also lived in Alaska, Texas and Washington, recently moving back to Oklahoma. He was looking forward to farming and ranching at their newly purchased acreage in Allen.

He attained a master’s degree in education at Central State University in Edmond. He taught in several Oklahoma and Alaska schools, serving as counselor for a time at Puterbaugh School in McAlester.

He enjoyed animals, his wife and his family.

Survivors include his wife, Villetta D. Thornton, of the home; his daughter, Tina C. Hopper, Rockwall, Texas; his son, Sheldon N. Thornton, of Fletcher.

Also, four grandchildren, Jason Hopper, Boulder, Colo., Kevin Hopper, Brooklyn, N.Y., Victoria Elizabeth Hopper, Moldova, Europe, and Heather Smith, Lawton.

And, three great-grandchildren, Chris, Trina Paige and Xander, of Lawton, and three brothers, J.W. Thornton, of Minco, Foy Thornton, of Ada, and Jimmy Thornton, of Ada.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arlon E. Thornton; his mother, Lois (Linton) Thornton, and a brother, Billy Max Thornton.