July 31, 1941 – June 13, 2020
CHICO – Darlene Thornton, 78, went to be with our Lord June 13, 2020 in Bowie, TX.
The funeral is at 2 p.m. June 17 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The family received friends at 6-8 p.m. on June 16 at the funeral home. The Rev. John Williams to officiate. Pallbearers include Joel Oliver, Ted Gillum, Mike Richard, James Gillum, Trevor Richard, Justin Oliver and Tucker Oliver.
Darlene was born on July 31, 1941 to Audie and Jimmie (Shirley) Clark in Hico, TX. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harry K. “Buddy” Thornton on Sept. 10, 1960 in Fairy, TX. Darlene was a homemaker, who was once recognized as one of 10 “Most outstanding homemakers in Texas,” while living in Gustine, TX. She was a devoted wife and mother always supporting her family. Darlene also was a successful business store owner, with three locations selling fashion jewelry. Later in life, she found a love for dance and often she and Buddy traveled all over in their RV to dance and take in scenic views across America.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Teresa Richard and her sister, Barbara Abel.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 59 years, Harry Thornton, Chico; her daughters, Melinda Gillum and husband Ted of Spicewood and Christie “Janay” Oliver and husband Joel, Lakeside; her sisters, Shirley Clark and husband Don of Keller, and Mary Jo Haller of San Angelo; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
If so inclined, donations in Darlene’s honor may be made to: Silver String’s Dance and Entertainment Center, 500 N Smythe St, Bowie, Texas 76230.
Hawkins Funeral Home – Bridgeport, TX
940-683-2211 | www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com