Tuesday, August 10, 2010

R.I.P Father Rabbit




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.




Services will be Thursday, August 12, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of the 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.



23 comments:

Dorene from Ohio said...

Such a wonderful tribute,....it brought tears to my eyes!

Brittanie said...

You could not have chosen a more fitting verse for the beautiful memorial design. It was the first to come to my mind when I read the news. All are in my thoughts...

Greta Koehl said...

I am so sorry to hear this. He gave me such encouragement when I started blogging.

Carol said...

May he rest in peace.

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Terry will certainly be missed.

Louisiana Genealogy Blogs said...

Oh no!

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

RIP, Terry...we will miss you...

Sasha Mitchell said...

Rest in peace.

Robin said...

on the "Wings of Angels" Rest in Peace!

e-mail: ccgs28@gmail.com said...

Thank you for posting this FM - I really enjoyed reading Terry's posts and yes, I will miss him.
My heartfelt prayers to his family for their loss,

wendy said...

So sad to read this. I knew Terry had been ill - but I guess I didn't realize how seriously. He was very inspirational for me on my genea-blog as well as the Graveyard Rabbit blog. He will be greatly missed!

last2cu said...

He was pure inspiration and will be missed!

Cheryl Palmer said...

This also brought tears to my eyes. Thank you cuz for a beautiful post for our friend Terry. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to all of his family. He certainly will be missed...

Carol Yates Wilkerson said...

I have no pithy verse, just a sadness that a wonderful man has left us and I hardly knew him. I'm thinking of his family and hoping they will find peace in time.

Moultrie Creek said...

A beautiful tribute for a very special man. His writings were an inspiration and a challenge to improve my own. I will miss him terribly.

TERRY SNYDER said...

As usual, I am touched by the grace and beauty of your words. That they honor a man who was an integral part of the geneablogging community makes them all the more precious. Even on a hot sweltering day of August, I feel the loss of warmth at his passing.

Family Curator said...

So when a great man dies,
For years beyond our knew,
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the Paths of men.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

With deepest sympathy to Terry's family,

Denise Levenick
The Family Curator

Janice said...

Beautiful post about Terry's life on this earth. May he soar on Eagle's Wings.

Leah Kleylein said...

This was a beautiful tribute! I'm tearful after reading it and grateful that what he started lives on!

GrannyPam said...

Always inclusive and welcoming, friendly and respectful. I am among the many who will miss Terry and his wonderful stories.

Liz said...

An exemplary model of local history writing, Terry will be missed. Ironically, he had the chance to hear a bagpiper play a favorite hymn at his (pre-need) headstone -- she was happy to play for a living client for once :)
http://hillcountryhogsblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/bagpipe-piping-at-grave-marker-of-terry.html

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Terry was so quick to offer a helping hand and I learned so much from him. He had a generous and sweet spirit that I'm sure his family and close friends will miss, as well as his fellow genealogists. May he rest in peace.

Andrea Christman said...

I am just getting back into my hobby after taking a year off due to graduate work. Terry was very inspirational when I first got started in earnest with blogging and searching out new family connections. I was saddened to hear of his death and am inspired by his "make the most of every day" attitude. He will be missed; but his work leaves a legacy that will continue in the geneablogging community.