The Graveyard Rabbit Emeritus, Father Rabbit, William Terence Thornton, slipped his earthly ties on August 9, 2010, and went home to his God.
The Association has lost its creator, its soul, its good friend. We send his wife Betty and his two sons our heartfelt sympathies for their loss. Terry will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.
Terry was very ill and in one of our recent emails he wrote:
"Hoping to be well enough to get to NOLA for the birth of my third grandchild, a boy, in mid-June; hope to be well enough to get to the mountains to hear at le...ast one concert my only granddaughter will be playing at the Brevard Music Center with Lockhart (yes, THAT Lockhart) conducting in July; hope to get to the Knoxville gen conference; but have about decided that this year's Association of Gravestone Studies meeting in Ohio will be too much. Too many things to do!"
Yes, Terry, too many things to do, so little time. May God bless you and keep you.
E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, 500 Third Avenue South, P.O. Box 127, Amory, MS 38821, Phone: (662) 256-2644, Fax: (662) 256-1398. Those wishing to send flowers may contact Green's Blossom Shoppe, 662-256-4144.
William Terrance "Terry" Thornton was the author of The Hill Country of Monroe County Blog. Terry was also the author of a "Hill Country" column at the Monroe Journal, a Monroe County Mississippi newspaper and a "Graveyard Rabbit" column at Shades of the Departed.
Terry held three degrees from the University of Mississippi where he was a National Science Foundation Institute participant and a NDEA Fellow for his doctorate in science education. His professional teaching experience ranged from public school, education television studio teacher, to university professor and administrator.