William J. Thornton

Oconee Enterprise
Friday, October 14, 1927
Page One

Judge William J. Thornton, of Athens, Taken by Death Monday Night

Funeral services for Judge William J. Thornton, aged 77, who died at the home of Mr. Tom Elder, 145 Grady Avenue, Athens, Monday night following an illness of about six months, were held at the Elder residence on Grady avenue, Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock.

Services were conducted by Rev. J.C. Wilkinson, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Stanley Grubb, pastor of the First Christian church. Interment following in the Oconee cemetery.

Pall-bearers were Messrs. R.L. Paterson, Sr., T.P. Stanley, Judge H.C. Tuck, Chief of Police, Henry C. Beussee, James Barrow, Captain J.W. Barnett, and J.W. Leaphart.

Judge Thornton is survived by five daughters, two sons, one sister, one brother and eight grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Judge Thornton was well known in this section, and leaves hundreds of friends who will mourn his death. For several years Judge Thornton occupied the position of city recorder and had many other interests in the city of Athens.