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Memorial Service

Hickory Grove United Methodist
Saturday December 4th, 2021

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Stephen John Nicholas Thornton

Stephen John Nicholas Thornton, 68 of Ruffin NC, went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 29, 2021, surrounded by his family and pastor at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro.

A memorial service will be held at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 12 PM with Rev. Lee Eggers Officiating.

Steve was born on December 17, 1952, in Christiansburg VA to the late John William Thornton and Barbara Lois Melin Thornton. He attended Somerville High School in Somerville, NJ and attended one year of college at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He married Kimberly Ann Foland on March 31, 1991. Steve enjoyed having dogs, hunting, fishing, and working on his farm. He made his living as an over the road truck driver. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years Kim Thornton of Ruffin; children, Jason McDowell (Jenny) of Liberty, MO, Jessica Oakes (Benny) of Ruffin, NC, Greg Thornton (Nicole) of Gulfport MS, and Josh Thornton of Ruffin, NC; sister, Susan Eaton (Sean) of Perkasie, PA; grandchildren, Kiana, Hailey and Marcus McDowell, Morgan, Cody and Carter Oakes and Brayden Thornton; Uncle Jeff Melin (Sandy) along with numerous nieces, nephews, and a loving extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church at 9983 NC 700, Pelham, NC 27311

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A candle was lit in memory of Stephen Thornton

Rich & Judy Oren Dec 4 2021 10:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Stephen Thornton

Terry Oren Dec 4 2021 3:11 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Jennifer McDowell. Group of 1 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Stephen John Nicholas Thornton.

Jennifer McDowell Dec 3 2021 8:21 PM

Kim, Jess, Greg, Josh & family we are all so very sorry about Steve! Kim remember what I said, I am always here for you!! Keeping you, the kids & all the family in our prayers!! We love you all!!

Mike, Tina, Trey, Dawne & family Dec 2 2021 10:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Stephen Thornton

Louise Tullod Dec 2 2021 2:42 PM

RIP bro!

Lynn Szczeck Dec 2 2021 4:59 AM

Keeping the Family In Prayers! at this difficult time.

Teresa Corbin Dec 1 2021 7:41 PM

So Sorry to hear about Steve! Keeping The Family In Prayers at this difficult time.

Ron & Donna Walker Dec 1 2021 7:41 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family after this terrible loss.

Carolyn Small Dec 1 2021 5:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Stephen Thornton

Tracy green Dec 1 2021 2:41 PM

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