Troy Orlo Thornton
May 11, 1926 – December 13, 2015
CHICO – Troy Orlo Thornton, 89, previously of Bowie, died Dec. 13, 2015 at home in Chico, TX.
A church service will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 27 with Pastor Joe Gambill officiating. A memorial service will follow at the First Presbyterian Church of Bowie.
Troy was born May 11, 1926 in Haskins Ohio to George and Loretta Thornton. He was married Dorothy A. Thornton on Dec. 27, 1947 at the Haskins Federated Church.
Troy grew up on a farm in Haskins Ohio during the depression. During his senior year he enlisted in the Navy and upon graduation served during WWII on a ship in the pacific. He was present for the invasion of Iwo Jima and gave support off shore.
When the war was over and Troy returned home, he and Dorothy dated and married a year later. They continued to farm and started a family. Dorothy and Troy lived in various places from coast to coast and in between until they came to settle in Texas in 1980.
Troy was trained by National Cash Register which started his long career in computers. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church and still loved singing in the choir. Troy and Dorothy helped crew for their sons’ hot air balloons when they attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
He was active in the community of Bowie, delivered meals on wheels for years with Dorothy and they helped with the pancake breakfast at the Bowie Senior Center where he earned the title “Pancake King.”
He loved to read and could be found at the Chico Library picking out books. He was active in the Wise County Veterans where he showed his love of country.
He was a dedicated family man and believed in strong family values who was still in love and wasn’t afraid to show it on a daily basis. He and Dorothy still held hands and said “I love you” until the day she died.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Loretta Thornton; sister, Olive Green; brother, Brice Thornton and his wife, Dorothy married 67 years.
He is survived by sons Ronald and wife Carol, Mark and wife Bobbi, Dana and wife Denise; daughter, Carol Fatheree and husband Gary; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Even in death his work is not done. He willed his body to UT Southwestern in hopes of helping medical studies. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
To honor Troy and Dorothy, love your family, respect them and cherish the time you are able to spend with them whether they are near or far. Be active in your community, give to others and try to make a difference in the lives of others.
Troy Orlo Thornton