- Ada, Oklahoma

October 8, 2013

Jerry E. Thornton

Allen —

Allen resident Jerry E. Thornton, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Calvin.

Per Jerry’s request, there will be no formal service. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service.

Mr. Thornton was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Stuart, the son of Arlon Edward and Lois (Linton) Thornton. Jerry grew up a migratory farm worker’s son and received his education in numerous California schools, also in Tannehill, Round Prairie and Atwood schools. He was a graduate of Atwood High School. 

Jerry entered the United States Air Force in January 1957. He was honorably discharged in 1961 at Travis Air Force Base in California. 

He married Villetta D. Watts June 2, 1959, in Reno, Nev. They established their home in Hughes County. They also lived in Alaska, Texas and Washington state, recently moving back to Oklahoma. 

Jerry attained a master’s degree in Education at Central State University in Edmond. He taught in several Oklahoma and Alaska schools, serving as counselor for a time at Puterbaugh School in McAlester. 

He is survived by his wife, Villetta D. Thornton, of the home; his daughter, Tina C. Hopper of Rockwall, Texas; his son, Sheldon N. Thornton of Fletcher; four grandchildren, Jason Hopper of Boulder, Colo., Kevin Hopper of Brooklyn, N.Y., Victoria Elizabeth Hopper of Moldova, Europe, and Heather Smith of Lawton; three great-grandchildren, Chris, Trina Paige and Xander of Lawton; and three brothers, J.W. Thornton of Minco, Foy Thornton of Ada and Jimmy Thornton of Ada.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arlon E. Thornton; his mother, Lois (Linton) Thornton; and a brother, Billy Max Thornton.