Basil R. Thornton, 94, passed away quietly in his sleep on January 1, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimers and a short flu. Basil, "Sparks", as he was known, was born in Carnesville, Georgia. He proudly served in WWII in the Coast Guard and Navy as a Radio Communications Specialist, flying missions as part of flight crews to South America on Pan American Airlines.
After the war he married his childhood sweetheart, Norma Jean. When his duties in the cockpits became integrated into the planes' technology, he tried his hand as a business owner, insurance sales, student at the University of Florida and finally as an air traffic controller in Jacksonville Florida and later Vero Beach, Florida where he remained until retirement.
Sparks and Norma moved to the Lake Oconee area of Greensboro, Georgia in 1984 where he was an avid outdoors-man and charter member of the Greensboro Writer's Guild, active member of Church of the Redeemer, proud member of the American Legion in Athens, Georgia and where he lovingly restored their circa 1850 farmhouse. After his wife's death, Sparks lived in the Atlanta area for five years where he danced, laughed and was loved by many new friends.
He is survived by daughters Zilca Parker, Teena Mills (Jerry), Lori Hamrick (Richard); brother Ike and family; Grandchildren Christopher Hall (Stephanie), Tiffany Harvey (Dave), Jason Keeler (Jennifer), Jefferson Bennett (Andrea) and Victoria Bennett; Great-Grandchildren Christopher Hall Jr., Sean, Tessa and Gwyneth Harvey, Mollie and Connor Keeler, Elizabeth and August Bennett.
Memorial Service: Saturday, January 12th at 11:00 A.M. Church of the Redeemer 303 N. Main Street Greensboro, GA 30642
Donations to the Greensboro Writer's Guild or the Alzheimer's Association are greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.