Walter Thornton

Georgia

DALTON Walter "Jerry" Thornton, 74, departed this life Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the local hospital.Walter was born Aug. 26, 1939 in Chattanooga, a son of the late William and Dora Thornton. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Hershel Thornton, Lamar Thornton, Charles Thornton; sisters, Lillian Foster, Myrtle Frances Watts.He is survived by his companion, Wanda Hooper, of Dalton, Ga.; daughter, Jennifer Thornton, of Sparta, Tenn.; son, Allen Thornton, of Fort Ogletorpe; sister, Willie Jo Payne, of Ringgold, Ga.; grandchildren, James and Kim Thornton, Noah Thornton, Jacob Troglin; nieces and nephews.A memorial service to celebrate the life of Walter J. Thornton will be held Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. from the Ponders Melrose Chapel with Jeffery Thornton officiating.The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. on Monday.www.selectedindependentfuneralhomes.org and www.ogr.org.Arrangements by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton, GA 30721, 706-226-4002.

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