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FAISON -- The funeral for David Leon Thornton, 70, of 500 Marsh Kornegay Road, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Royal-Hall funeral Home. The Reverends Linwood Conner and Glenn McCullen will officiate. Burial will be in Thornton Family Cemetery.

Mr. Thornton died Tuesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Sampson County and was the son of the late Andrew Goodrick and Tempie Boyette Thornton. He retired as a mechanic with Worthington Ag Parts of Goldsboro and was a former member of Smith Chapel Fire Department and Mount Olive Rescue Squad. He was a lifetime member and former chaplain of the Suttontown Rescue Squad, which he was instrumental in forming. He also was a member of Goshen Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gaynell Lollis Thornton; one daughter, Tammy T. Sutton of Faison; one son, Randy Thornton of Faison; four sisters, Daisy t. Oursler and Wilma T. Vaughn of Faison, Hazel T. Martin of Goldsboro and Sybil T. Jones of Selma; four brothers, Kenneth Thornton of Dover, Fla., Hubert Thornton of Fuquay-Varina, Billy Carter of Mount Olive and Jimmy Carter of Newton Grove; and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 at Royall-Hall Funeral Home, and other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Suttontown Rescue Squad, 5680 Suttontown Road, Faison, 28341.

Published in Obituaries on March 25, 2004 1:36 PM