Dr. Jack Walker Thornton
Hertford - Dr. Jack Walker Thornton, 83, passed away at his home in Hertford, North
Carolina on Friday, May 6, 2016. He was born in
on April 10, 1933 to John Walker Thornton and Eula Daughdrill Thornton.
Jack grew up in the Mississippi Delta hunting and fishing almost every
day, a passion he carried throughout his life. He graduated from Tunica High
School, where he played football, and then spent
a year at college, leaving to pursue his dream of flying. Jack joined the
Marine Corps in 1953 as a fighter pilot and was subsequently stationed in Edenton, North
Carolina, where he met the love of his life, Janice
Sumner Thornton. After a whirlwind courtship, they married in Hertford, North Carolina
in 1955. Jack rose to the rank of Captain in the military before retiring in
Dr. Thornton went on to get his medical degree from the University of Mississippi
in Oxford, also
the hometown of his favorite writer, William Faulkner. It was in Oxford that his first
daughter, Tameron Thornton Kugler, was born. He was such a fan of Ole Miss
football that he left his wifeís bedside during his daughterís birth to attend
a game across the street from the hospital with Archie Manning as starting
Jack did his internship in the Army, spending a year at Fort Bliss
in El Paso, Texas. His second daughter, Brannan
Luann Thornton, was born there. While at Fort Bliss,
he was offered the opportunity to join NASA as an astronaut, an honor he
declined out of consideration for his young family. He then moved his family to
Charleston, South Carolina where he did his residency,
specializing in Ear, Nose & Throat, at the Medical University of South
Carolina Hospital. Then it was on to Hickory, North Carolina
where he set up practice with fellow ENT, Dr. Robert OíConnor, and retired, the
first time, at the age of 65.
Dr. Thornton moved with his wife, Janice, back to Hertford,
North Carolina, where he went back into
practice at the age of 68 in the Elizabeth
City office of Dr.
Margaret Donohoe. He recently retired, for a second time, in September of
Dr. Thornton is survived by his wife, Janice; daughters Brannan Thornton
and Tameron Kugler; son-in-law, Anthony Kugler; grandchildren Thornton Jackson
and his wife, Alessia, and Michael Kugler and his wife, Katie; his sister,
Betty Wilbanks and husband, Louis; and mother-in-law, Helen Chappell Sumner. He
was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Thornton, his best friend.
He will be remembered by his many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends
as a kind and gentle man, quietly going about with a helping hand when needed.
He had a quick and understated sense humor that will be fondly recalled by all
who knew him.
A private family celebration of Dr. Thorntonís life will be held at a
family of Dr. Jack Thornton gratefully suggests that those wishing to
honor his memory and legacy make memorial donations in his honor the
Junior ROTC Program at Currituck County High School care of Col.
Grimes. THANK YOU.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the
on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted
Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. 6917 S. Croatan
Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959