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Updated: 03/19/2014 08:00:04AM

Charles F. Thornton Jr.

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Charles F. “Chuck” Thornton Jr., 59, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at his home in Arcadia, Fla.

He was born June 6, 1954, in Miami, Fla., to Charles F. Thornton Sr. and Alice Kutzner Thornton.

Chuck moved to Palmetto, Fla., with his family as a young boy. After graduating from Palmetto High School, Class of 1972, he attended college, where he met and married his greatest love, Myra “Beth” Hollingsworth. They decided to begin their lives together in 1976, living and raising a family in Arcadia.

Chuck loved life, and loved his family and friends and spending time with them. He enjoyed playing baseball, as well as watching his sons play and love the sport. He was a Huge Miami Hurricanes fan. Other pastimes he enjoyed were fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR, and entertaining family and friends for cookouts. Chuck was the managing foreman of V.C. Hollingsworth Ranch and Grove, for which he was very passionate about the ranch and the people with whom he worked.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Myra “Beth” Thornton of Arcadia; three sons, Charles E. Thornton, Elijah J. Thornton and Jacob L. Thornton, all of Arcadia; brother, Palmer (Cindy) Thornton of Palmetto; three sisters, Darlene (Alvin) Crissman of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Shirley (Dallas) Milton of Palmetto, and Barbara (Skip) Thomason of Hoschton, Ga.; father- and mother-in-law, V. Clyde and Betty Hollingsworth; sisters-in-law, Lynn H. Mills and Lou (Brian) Hoopingarner; brother-in-law, V.C. Hollingsworth III, all of Arcadia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation of family friends will be held from 10 a.m. until the funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Pine Level United Methodist Church, 9596 N.W. Pine Level St., Arcadia, FL 34266. The Rev. Brian Russell and the Rev. Roy Arms will officiate. Burial will follow at Pine Level Campground Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DeSoto High School Baseball Team, 1710 E. Gibson St., Arcadia, FL 34266; or Pine Level United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, Arcadia.

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