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Old 08-31-2007, 03:38 AM
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Clarke "Doc" Thornton, Jr., 79, Meridian, MS

Services for Clarke "Doc" Thornton Jr. will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Daniels officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thornton, 79, of Meridian, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

"Doc" was born in Meridian on May 26, 1922. He was elected to the All Big 8 and All South football teams at Meridian High School. While a freshman at Mississippi State University, on a football scholarship, when he joined the U.S. Marines.

Mr. Thornton served in the Pacific with the 1st and 3rd Marine Division and was a drill instructor at Paris Island in South Carolina. He also served on a peace keeping mission in China.

Mr. Thornton served with the 1st Marine Division in Korea with the 155th Howitser Battalion, Battery C and retired as a sergeant.

He begin his sales career with Owen Brothers Packing Co. and retired from Bill's Institutional Commissary in Flowood after 25 years in sales. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, an avid Mississippi State sports fan and member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son, Clarke Thornton III of Meridian; daughters, Annell Holland and her husband, Mitch, of Flora, Sharon Shephard and her husband, Elvin, of Butler, Ala., and Marsha Hannah and her husband, Bubba, of Meridian; a sister, Sarah Vining of Meridian; grandchildren, Angela Logan of Pearl, Shea Shephard of Birmingham, Emily Shephard of Butler and Trey and Dallas Hannah of Meridian; several nieces, nephews and countless special friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarke Thornton Sr. and Regina Perry Thornton; and a sister, Regina Thornton.

The family requests memorials be made to Disabled American Veterans or St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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