Gary  Claves Thornton
Gary Claves Thornton

June 8, 1949 - November 19, 2018
Born in Alma, GA
Resided in Waycross, GA
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Mr. Gary Claves Thornton, 69, died Monday morning (November 19, 2018) at his residence.

He was born in Alma, GA but had lived most of his life in Ware County. He was a 1967 graduate of Ware County High School. He was the owner of Gary Thornton Construction for 35 years and was a well known builder in the area. He also loved to travel, dance, golf, attend gospel sings, was an inventor and a master tinker.

He was the son of the late James “Everett” Thornton and the late Ruby Saleny Turner Thornton. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dewitt Thornton and Raymond Thornton.

He is survived by a daughter, Renee Thornton of Midway, GA; two sons, Craig Thornton (wife Jennifer) of Blackshear, GA and Casey Thornton (wife Donna) of Waycross, GA; former wife and mother of his children, Linda Thornton of Waycross, GA; a companion, Myra Hickox of Waycross, GA; five grandchildren, Kyle Kinnon, Lena Kinnon, Chase Thornton, Caroline Thornton, and Charly Bell (husband Jordan); four great grandchildren, Kandon Cassidy, Fynn Murray, Jase Bell, and Ridge Smith; a brother, Ellis Thornton (wife Judy); three sisters, Mary Minchew, Zelda Mullis (husband Fred), and Denise Lee (husband Jay); a sister in law, Frances “Fran” Thornton and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Saturday morning (November 24, 2018) at 11:00 AM in the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery, Bickley, GA. The family will receive friends Friday night (November 23, 2018) at Music Funeral Home from 6-8:00 PM .

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Friday, November 23, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Saturday, November 24, 2018
11:00 AM
Moore's Cemetery
Lucy Moore Rd.
Bickley, GA US
Saturday, November 24, 2018