Daniel McCarthy Thornton, Jr.

October 20, 1920 - May 9, 2010

10/20/1920 - 05/09/2010

Past Services

Thursday May 13, 2010

Va Beach-Daniel M Thornton, Jr., 89, died peacefully at his residence on May 9, 2010. A loving family man, he is survived by his wife, Nancy, of DeLand, FL, three sons, Dan III and wife Bobbie of Virginia Beach, Randy and wife Reecy of Jacksonville, FL, Brad of Virginia Beach and two grandchildren, Deanna and Tanner of Jacksonville, FL

He graduated from VMI in 1943. A veteran of WWII, he earned the bronze star for valor on Okinawa as a Lieutenant with the Sixth Marines.

Dan was Chairman of Southgate Corp, a family warehousing and trucking company. He was a strong civic leader serving on Norfolk City Council, commissioner of VA Port Authority and Chairman of the Board for Sentara Norfolk General and Sentara Leigh.

A private funeral was held graveside, Forest Lawn, Norfolk, VA on May 12, 2010.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the VMI foundation at PO Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450.Condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.

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dennis hilliard
8 years ago

I did not know Mr Thornton. I wish I had had the opportunity to thank him for his WWII service.