Larry Gene Thornton, a resident of Trenton, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at the age of 85. He will always be remembered with love and admiration.
A funeral service to celebrate and honor Larry's life will be held on Monday, September 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET in the Trenton Chapel of Moore Funeral Home. Following the service, he will be laid to rest in Lake Hills Cemetery.
Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects on Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 2:00-6:00 PM and on Monday, September 25th from 10:00 AM until the start of the service at 11:00.
Larry was born on September 29, 1937 in Glen Roy, Ohio as the youngest of four children to Leotis and Catherine (Lucille) Thornton. He completed his education as a Wellston Golden Rocket in 1955. Larry then answered the call to serve our country in the US Army.
In 1973, Larry experienced a life-altering moment when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He often spoke of how this transformed his heart and brought true meaning to his life. Larry’s faith was unwavering and he found comfort knowing that he is now in the loving presence of Jesus.
In 1976, Larry married Janet Robinette who became his devoted wife for almost 46 years. Together they raised eight children with love and dedication.
Throughout his career working with the Grand Trunk/Canadian National Railroad as a welder and later as General Chairman of the Union Local, Larry made a significant impact representing his fellow workers. He fought for their rights during negotiations and ensured they received fair treatment. Larry was a beacon of justice and righteousness, always striving to make the world a better place. He lived by the words of Micah 6:8: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" His guiding motto was: "You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything."
After his retirement, Larry enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren, indulging in his love for fishing, and following the world of politics.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Janet; children Angie (Johnny) Adams, Kenneth Thornton, Tracey Thornton, Jeremy (Breanna) Thornton, Jennifer (Adam) Wojcik, Jeanette (Roger) Cox, and Julie (Leonard) Opper; grandchildren Ashley, John Matthew, and Jared Adams; Shannon Schissler, Kristopher, John and Steven Carper; Kaylie, Kara, Kyle and Karlie Opper; Abby, Matthew, Nathan and Elijah Wojcik; Ambry and Charli Cox; numerous great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.
In addition to his parents Leotis and Catherine (Lucille) Thornton, Larry was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Lou West, Pauline June Baldwin, Leotis Carroll Thornton. Sadly he was also predeceased by his oldest daughter Kimberly Thornton.
Expressions of sympathy or tributes can be shared on the website www.MooreFHS.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Moore Funeral Home in Trenton, GA.