Tom Marshall Thornton Jr.

February 3, 2014 • Obituaries


Thornton,-TomFuneral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Tom Marshall Thornton Jr., who passed away peacefully Jan. 29, 2014, at Sunset Villa Nursing Home. Dr. Bob Phillips will officiate.

Tom was born in Roswell, June 14, 1928, to Tom Marshall Thornton Sr. [auth] and Alva Virginia Butler Thornton. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond Thornton; cousin, Buddy Butler; and nephew, Ted Williams.

Tom is survived by his sister, Ruby M. McShan; lifelong friends: Randy Jenkins and Bob Conley; special friends: Susan Randolph and Jacque McFarland; his nieces and nephews: Nancy Phillips (Bob), Fowler McShan, Marshall McShan, Bonnie Reardon (Wayne), Raynetta Woodhull (Woody), Bobbie Jo Williams, Roger Thornton, Charley Heald and Evan Heald. He is also survived by many cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family, numerous friends and former clients.

Tom graduated from Roswell High School in 1946, and worked for Gessut-Sanders Abstract Co., of Roswell, before leaving for military service in the Korean War and Japan. He returned to Roswell after being honorably discharged in 1952, and resumed working for Gessut-Sanders (which became Lawyers Title, then Land America) Abstract Company, for which he served for more than 45 years.

Tom was a founding member of the La Hondo Kiwanis Club; serving as its secretary-treasurer for decades and was elected as the Kiwanis Regional lieutenant governor. He started and ran The Collection for over 50 years, a business specializing in Depression glass, and antiques (and a number of cats).

Honorary pallbearers are all of his family and friends. The family would like to extend their special thanks to Dr. Karen Vaillant, the providers at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, and the caring staff at Sunset Villa.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the Roswell Humane Society at 703 East McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88203.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family on the online registry at

Services are under the direction and personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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