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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:04AM

Emory D. Thornton

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Emory D. “Pat” Thornton, 88, of Etters, Pa., and formerly of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Carolyn Croxton Slane Residence in Susquehanna Township, Pa., a service of Hospice of Central PA.

He was born June 29, 1925, in Chincoteague, Va., to Emory and Margaret (nee Ross) Thornton.

A World War II U.S. Army Veteran, Pat was a retired sign painter and the owner/operator of Thornton Signs on the West Shore. He enjoyed volunteering at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, making photo and video tributes and sharing them with friends and family, and hunting and traveling.

Pat is survived by his son, Jeffrey R. (Carol) Thornton of Etters; sister, Olga Duplan of Ellicott City, Md.; sister-in-law, Wyllie Thornton of Wachapreague, Va.; stepbrothers, John Lee, Robert, Arthur and Norman, all of Eastern Shore, Va., and Richard of Laurel, Del.; grandson, Todd M. (Natalie); great-granddaughter, Rose Elizabeth; and great-grandson, Benjamin Reese. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard Edward “Bud”; and grandson, Jeffrey.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m., followed by memorial services at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Grace Baptist Church in Lewisberry, Pa. Interment will follow at Suburban Memorial Gardens in Dover, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Military Heritage Museum, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Unit 48, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit

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