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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Obituary - Bill Thornton

Funeral services for Bill Thornton of Butler, Missouri will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  There is no visitation.  Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Billy “Bill” DeWitt Thornton, age 92 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.  He was born February 24, 1929 to Felix and Nell Eugene Moody Thornton in Hoxie, Arkansas.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Melody Thornton of Butler, Missouri, Starlett Biehl and husband Terry of Jenks, Oklahoma and Laura Rank and husband Steve of Butler, Missouri; two sisters, Pat McManners and husband Glen of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Rosemary Pearce of Bradford, Tennessee; two sisters-in-law, Juanita Thornton Hall and Roberta Mosley both of Jonesboro, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Dillon Deems, Valeri McCracken, Colt Greenwood, Jonathan Rank and Steven Rank; and twelve great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Louise in 2018; one brother, Jerry Thornton; and brothers-in-law, Joe Peace and Gene Mosley.