Marian Cornelia Graham Thornton, 88, of Decatur, Mississippi, died Monday, January 22, 2018 at River Birch Estate in Union, Mississippi. She was born August 21, 1929 in Newton County, Mississippi.
From an early age she played piano by ear and later obtained a degree in Music from Mississippi Women's College. She taught band at Hickory, piano at Clarke College and East Central Community College. She served as church pianist and choir director in several local churches for decades. She was accompanist for many musicals and vocal groups at ECCC. Many local students learned how to play the piano because of her.
Funeral Service was held Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church and the burial was at Newton County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mark Vincent officiated. Newton County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (601) 635-3200.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Milton C. (Red) Thornton; her father, James G. Graham, her mother, Elvie Graham, brothers Lynard Graham, Roger Graham, Roy Graham, Willie Graham, and sisters Eva Mae Saxton Bombace, Dorothy Davidson, and Edith Neal.
Survivors include Frances Edwards (Sister), sister-in-law Mildred McKay, nieces Hilda McGee, Sara Mayes (Gerald), Ann Jones, Beth Lever (Frank), Susan Thornton, Susan Neal and family friend Lynda Truesdale. Surviving nephews include Thomas Edwards (Hedi), James Graham, David Graham, Larry Davidson, Joey Hand, Paul McKay, Henry Thornton, and Terrell McKay.
Pallbearers were Joey Hand, Sammie Hand, David Mayes, David Norman, Billy Pierce, and Sam Bounds.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Davidson and Thomas Edwards.
If you wish to honor Mrs. Thornton the family has requested donations be made to Gideons International or Clarke Venable Baptist Church music ministry.
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com
Published on February 1, 2018