Troy Loran Thornton Sr., 66, of Patterson, passed away suddenly Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2019, at his residence.

Born in Alma, July 9, 1952, he had lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a 1971 graduate of Patterson High School and had been the owner/operator of Loran Thornton Construction, Inc. prior to becoming disabled.  In his younger days he enjoyed playing softball but as he got older his great love was for coon hunting. He had been very active in doing the UKC hunts, field trials and had also owned and operated Mill Creek Hunting Supplies. At one time, he had owned between 80 and 100 coon dogs. It was a sad day when his health forced him to give up his passion and say goodbye to his beloved dogs. He was a member of the former Patterson Assembly of God. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was a son of the late Troy and Ella Jane Goble Thornton. He was also preceded in death by both of his brothers, Charles Thornton and Marlon Thornton.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lynda Bullard Thornton, Patterson; his daughter, Lorie Rouse, Patterson; his son, Troy Loran “Tony” (Jennifer) Thornton, Jr., Patterson; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Thornton, Waycross; eight grandchildren, Kamber Rouse, Summer (Scotty) Rawlins, Sierra Thornton (Aaron Ingram), Troy Thornton, III, Taylor (Tyler) Smith, Shannon Rouse, Jr., Victoria Johnson and Donna Selllers; three great-grandchildren, Brayleigh Rouse, Ashton Willow Ingram and Brenton Rawlins and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.

The family kindly requests all of his fellow coon hunters to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to please meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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