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September 24, 1916 –  March 18, 2014


Gilbert F. Thornton of Irving, Texas passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Baylor Irving Hospital at the age of 97.

He was a graduate of Class #5 of the Dallas Fire Department and served as a fireman in Dallas for many years. After his time in the Fire Department he owned and operated Humble service stations in Dallas and later Irving. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Irving and a member of Evergreen Class.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Lee and son Terry Lee. He is survived by his son Jerry D. Thornton and wife Hilda of Katy, Texas; three grandsons, Brent and wife Kristin of Denton, Texas; Ben and wife Elisa of Denton, Texas and Daniel and wife Mallory of Katy, Texas; six great-grand children, Morgan, Jack, Lola, Adeline, Mia and Sydney. He is also survived by one brother, Shelby Thornton of Irving, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Gilbert loved watching sports on television, especially the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys. He loved the Lord and expressed it daily in his prayers. He held his family in high esteem and loved to tell anyone about them. Even at the age of 97, he was an avid reader and kept up on current events. He traveled all over the United States with his wife in their motor home, sometimes taking their three grandsons along the way. Trips they will always remember.

The family would like to express their appreciation to his long-time caregivers for the loving care they extended to him – Eva Aguilar, Elizabeth Solis, Nora Phillips and Alice Worthy. The family would like to also extend their appreciation to the nursing staff at Baylor Irving Hospital for the care they gave Gilbert. The family is also grateful to Ed Graham, close friend, who visited Gilbert almost daily.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home in Wolfe City, Texas. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the chapel of R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home in Wolfe City, Texas with burial to follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Wolfe City.

The family request that any remembrances be made to the charity of your choice.