BRANSON MO NEWS: Funeral services for Paul Thornton, 99 of Theodosia, Missouri will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem General Baptist Church, Ocie, Missouri, with a dinner before the service. He died October 24, 2017, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
He was born July 14, 1918, in Fair Play, Missouri, the son of Harve Thornton and Jennie Braly Thornton.
He graduated from School of the Ozarks in 1936. He joined the US Army in October 1941 and was honorably discharged in September, 1945. He served in World War II stationed in Italy and Trinidad.
On August 7, 1944, he married Doris Ledbetter. They lived in Branson, Missouri, Nottinghill, Missouri, then moved to Springfield, Missouri. He retired in 1974 from Foremost Dairies in Springfield, and moved to Theodosia, Missouri.
He liked to hunt and fish and bowled on several bowling teams while living in Springfield. He enjoyed playing cards with neighbors and kids, and was quite competitive. He liked bluegrass music and for many years went camping at bluegrass festivals all over Missouri and Arkansas. He couldn’t play an instrument or was not a singer, but occasionally would entertain everyone, especially at the Missouri Veteran’s Home with his very loud yodel!
After retirement Paul and Doris put out a huge garden at their home in Theodosia, and if it could be grown in Missouri, they grew it. He loved sorghum and every other year would grow sorghum. The 50 gallons or so he would produce would last about 2 years until he was ready to grow another patch.
Survivors include: 2 daughters, Paulette Gebhardt of Springfield, Patricia Krause and husband Jay of Kimberling City; 3 grandchildren, Michael Gebhardt and wife Jennifer of Port Charlotte, Florida, Micki Seeser of Long Beach, California, and Jenni Dunbar and husband Mark of Higlandville, Missouri; 1 great-granddaughter, Sydney Gebhardt of Springfield; 1 great-great- granddaughter, Harper …
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