THORNTON, William, age, 77, of Richmond, departed this life June 8, 2019. He served in the Vietnam War, where he received a Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Thornton; one daughter, Cheryl Thornton; two sons, Stevie (Loni) and Mario Thornton; three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Clarence and Charles (Martha) Thornton; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; three sisters-in-law, Bessie Ashley, Hannah Redd (William) and Lillie Mae Hines; and other relatives and friends. Remains rest at Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Ave., where the family will receive friends Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, 1 p.m., at Riverview Baptist Church, 2604 Idlewood Ave., where remains will lie in state one hour prior to funeral time. Dr. Stephen Hewlett, pastor, officiating. Interment Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia. Family and friends assemble at the church 12:45 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to VFW Post 10654, 1401 Hilliard Road, Richmond, Virginia 23228. Online condolences can be made at

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