James Donald Thornton

October 18, 1946 ~ December 5, 2020 (age 74)


James Donald Thornton of Siler City, NC passed away on December 5,2020.  Born October 18, 1946 in Asheville, NC to the late William Walter Thornton and Virginia Goldsmith Thornton Hyde.  He graduated from TC Roberson High School and A-B Tech in Asheville.

He is survived by his sister, Anne Thornton Wood (James) of Boones Mill, VA, nephew Dale Wood (Sheri) and niece Pamela Brown (Dean).  His ex-wife and still best friend, Vickey Utter and her sons, Everett and Bruce.  

He proudly served with the 26th US Marines, 1st Battalion, Delta Co and was in Vietnam for 2 years.  While there he was at the battle of Khe Sanh where many of his fellow Marines gave their lives and one of his last emails to his sister he said “they are rolling in their graves with what is going on in America today.”

After moving to Siler City, he was “adopted” by Ronnie & Hilda White and their family, but it was Cody that changed his life after Vietnam. Cody who is a very special young person took away many of the awful memories that the horrors of war leave in our Veterans.

Don was a true patriot and conservative and was concerned about the future of America and our young people. There will be no service at this time because of Covid.  In memory of Don a donation can be made in honor of Cody to Chatham Trades at P O Box 511, Siler City NC 27344. ( Please stand for the flag. 

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