Earl Wayne Thornton

May 23, 1958 ~ June 3, 2019 (age 61)



Earl W. Thornton, 61, of Hampton, VA was called to his heavenly home on Monday, June 3, 2019 to be with his Savior.  Formerly of Appomattox, VA Earl was the son of Mary Thornton Jenkins who preceded him in death.  He had been a resident of the VA facility in Hampton, VA for 21 years.  Before that he resided at the VA Hospital in Richmond, Va.

Throughout these years Earl has spread the word of Jesus and shared his testimony through music and his ministry.  Earl has never met a stranger and was loved by all who entered his life.

Earl was also preceded in death by his step-father, Cliff Jenkins, and his grandparents, Nellie and William H. Morgan.  Two uncles also preceding him was James Thornton and William A. Thornton, Sr.

Left to cherish his memories is a devoted brother whom he loved dearly, Herbert A. Thornton (Monique); two nephews, Justin Thornton of Appomattox, VA  and Christopher Thornton of Brooklyn, NY; two cousins, Verna T. Croner (Leon) of Appomattox, VA and William A. Thornton, Jr., of Fayetteville, NC; a devoted friend, Larry Getz of Hampton, VA., and many relatives and friends.

Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears

But laugh and talk of the good life I lived while I was strong.

Remember the best times, the laughter, and the songs.

 I’m sending happy smiles to you.  Know that I’m smiling too. 

Consider not what used to be, I’m at comfort;

please believe I’m free.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.  Remembering all,

how I truly was blessed.  Leaving you was hard to do, but my work down here was through. 

I miss you all dearly, so keep your chin up until the day comes when we’re together again.


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 Service Program


June 9, 2019

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bruce & Stiff Funeral Home, Ltd.
1121 Old Courthouse Rd.
Appomattox, VA 24522

Funeral Service
June 10, 2019

1:00 PM
Bruce & Stiff Funeral Home, Ltd.
1121 Old Courthouse Rd.
Appomattox, VA 24522

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