CRAIGSVILLE – Rickie Allen Thornton, 56, of Craigsville, Virginia passed away peacefully, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at his residence.
He was born in Staunton, Virginia on April 13, 1957 to Loraine Welcher Thornton and the late Robert Franklin Thornton. He was a supervisor with Alcoa, Inc. in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, where he retired after more than 28 years of service. Rickie attended Miller Memorial Baptist Church and was always willing to help others in need. He loved to cook and especially enjoyed the company of family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Loraine Thornton of Craigsville; two sons, Rickie Thornton, II of Verona, Virginia and Cody Garrett Thornton of Lexington, Virginia; three sisters, Carolyn Knight & husband John of Augusta Springs, Virginia, Debbie Thornton of Craigsville and Mary Gregory & husband Bruce of Staunton; three granddaughters, Madison, Daisy and Francie Thornton, all of Verona; a niece, Crystal Knight McCartney of Stuarts Draft; two nephews, Jason Robert Thornton of Augusta Springs and Jacob Derek Gregory of Martinsburg, West Virginia; and a great niece, Carley Thornton of Augusta Springs.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Welcher.
A celebration of Rickie’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Craigsville Community Center with Pastor Tyler Clem officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Miller Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 262, Craigsville, Virginia 24430. Online condolences may be submitted at www.mclaughlinandyoung.com. Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home.