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“I remember the first time that I met Russell at the lodge. He was such a wonderful man. He and his wife took me in and made me feel like part of the...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Anna Trew Ward - Harriman, TN

“Dad, you will/are def. missed. We love you and know you are looking over all of us and still taking care of us. You taught alot of people a lot of...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Ana'Le - Lenoir City, TN

“Rusty was a good man & friend to all who were fortunate to know him. He always had a good word & a big smile for everyone who worked with him on &...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jack Cowen

“Ana'Le and PT, So sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep you memories close as they will...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Mike & Michelle Bleeck - Topeka, KS

“Dear Patsy an Ana Le, I'm so sorry about Russell . I'm praying for all the family. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Betty Honeycutt - Harriman, TN

“I remember seeing Russell at some of our class reunions. It was always good to see him and his smile. I liked Russell very much. He was a school...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Patricia Caruthers Holt - TN

“Russell was a wonderful man, husband, father and friend. We feel so blessed to have seen Russell in December. We loved him and will miss him dearly...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Sam and Linda Powers - TX

“Rusty was always there to help; a friend to console and a guide to teach and share his wealth of knowledge. I think fondly of working with him and...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Robert McCoy - Oak Ridge

“Rusty was one of a kind, and he will be missed by all who knew him. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Marty Love - Knoxville, TN

“Praying for you and your family Regards Terri Dugger (Hubert and Becky Dugger's daughter) ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Terri Dugger - Knoxville, TN

“So very sorry for your loss... our deepest sympathies to your family. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Al and Bec Perez - Kingston, TN

“We are so sorry for your loss....Russell was a great man and father. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Gary and Cindy Johnston - TN


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Russell O. Thornton age 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. & A.M. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps he worked at Union Carbide and Lock Heed Martin. 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 of Kingston;
Children Pamila Russell and husband Travis of Lenoir City;
Robert Shay Ott and wife Donna of Kingston;
Kimberly Jackson and husband Rick of Jacksonville, NC;
Russell Lee Thornton of Kingston;
Ana'Le Watson and husband Joseph "Tre" of Lenoir City;
Mack Ladd of Harriman;
7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren;
special caregivers Tina Clark and Robin Platt both of Kingston;
Uncle and Aunt Lou and Sally Giovannelli;
Sisters Peggy Halsey of Flordia;
Karen McDowell of Mississippi and several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life 5pm Friday June 14, 2013 at the Southwest Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Bolden officiating followed by a Masonic Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to American Cancer Society 871 N. Weisgarber Road Knoxville, TN 37909; American Heart Association 4708 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37909 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 355 Trane Lane Knoxville, TN 37919.