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 Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home.


  1. Am so sorry to hear of Rickie’s passing. Remembering fun times in school and weekends at the Village Rest. My sincerest sympathies to his family.

  2. Ms Thornton and family, sorry to hear of Rickys passing. I love each and every one of you as you were my immediate family, like Carolyn. I pray god wraps his arms around you and comforts you at this time, you are in my thoughts and prayers, god bless you.

  3. Ms. Thornton, Rinkie, Debbie and Cracker
    I am so sorry to hear about Rickie. I stopped out there today to see you guys and couldn’t find anyone home. Please know I am thinking about you and the days ahead. You all have been so special to me through the years. Let me know if I can do anything at all. Teresa

  4. Thoughts and prayers got out to the family and friends. I worked with him at Alcoa, may god be with you all. God bless

  5. Thoughts and prayers are with the family..May God comfort you in this time of sorrow
    Jayne Knight McDaniel

  6. Sending prayers to the whole family.May god be with you all.

  7. I am saddened by the news of Rickie’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of sorrow.

  8. Aunt Lorraine, Rinkie, Debbie, and Cracker:

    Love you all. I am thinking about each of you and praying for you. I know how bad you feel. It is so hard to loose someone you love. Rickie always had a great sense of humor and had the warmest smile. He always made you laugh. I will always remember him as being a great person to spend time with. We had so much fun when we were all younger and spent more time together. I pray that God will give you strength to get through this.

    Cheryl Miller

  9. So sorry for your loss. Haven’t Ricky for years. Wish I could have caught up with him an others as well.

  10. So sorry for your loss. So hard to believe. Rickie will be missed by many. He was so full of life and happy and always made you laugh. Will keep the whole family in my prayers.


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