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D.J. Thornton

d. March 1, 2016

D.J. Thornton

Miles – Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory announces the services of D.J. Thornton, age 83, who passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Bacon County Hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County; a retired farmer; owner and operator of Thornton’s BBQ for thirty-five years and a member of the Appling Bluegrass Gospel Band. Mr. Thornton was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Lula Ammons Thornton; sisters, Lilly Weaver, Lela Surrency and Eula Duncan; brothers, Eston Thornton and Evans Thornton.

Surviving is his wife, Ouida Thornton of Baxley; children, Eston and wife Susan Thornton and Claudine Carter both of Baxley; step children, Kelly Kemper and Keith Kemper of S.C. and Candy Veringo and Kerri White of TN; grandchildren, Shane and wife Angie Thornton, Shonda and husband Byron Carter and Spanky and wife Megan Thornton; ten step grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; six step great- grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the Miles – Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Thomas Kelley officiating.

Interment will follow in the Memorial Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. from the funeral home.

Active Pallbearers will be Byron Carter, Shane Thornton, Spanky Thornton, Miles Carter, Jake Martinez, Freddy McLain, Cade Thornton and Cooper Thornton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all friends and family in attendance.

Family and friends may sign the on line registry at

Miles – Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory will be in charge of the arrangements for D.J. Thornton.


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