Dec. 6, 1919 –
May 7, 2013
Olin Thornton, 93, of Waxahachie, passed away early Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 1919 in Lockney, Texas to Edwin and Elizabeth Thornton. Olin graduated from Lockney High School and attended Wayland College and graduated from West Texas University in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army the day after his graduation and served as Tech Sargent in the 12th Infantry during World War II. After returning from the service, he taught high school business in Fairfield and Panhandle, Texas. On Aug. 13, 1949, he married Naoma Kimble at the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. He was a member and a deacon of First Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas and First Baptist Church of Waxahachie. Olin had worked for Affiliated Foods for 45 years in Amarillo and retired as Vice President of Finance. He was an avid walker who loved to garden and play 42. He loved his Lord, his family, his church and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Naoma Thornton of Waxahachie; two daughters, Jo Beth Grubbs and husband Joe of Waxahachie and Janet Bruce and husband Keith of Tyler, Texas; grandchildren, Paige Grubbs of Cleburne, Amber Grubbs Caicedo and husband Juan of Columbia, S.C., Austin Grubbs of Dallas, Preston Bruce and wife Michelle of Houston and Jonathan Bruce of San Antonio; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Lucas Caicedo; one sister, Oleta Smith; and two brothers, Rae Thornton and Kenneth Thornton. He was preceded in death by one sister, Opal Smith and his parents, Edwin and Elizabeth Thornton.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
There will be a private family graveside service Friday, May 10, 2013, followed by an 11 a.m. celebration of life service at the First Baptist Church in Waxahachie with Pastor David Ritsema officiating.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Special Friends at First Baptist Church Waxahachie, 315 N. Rogers in Waxahachie and Breckenridge Village, a residential care facility for special needs adults in Tyler, 15602 CR 1145, Tyler, TX 75704.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.