Roy F. Thornton, age 79, of Texico, NM, passed away on June 14, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Graveside services will be held at 10:00am Friday, June 22, 2018 in the Texico Cemetery with Bro. Jim Peabody officiating.
Roy was born December 11, 1938 in Muleshoe, TX to the home of Paul and Eva Thornton. He was the youngest of 11 children. He married Evie Swann on June 17, 1961 and they were married 51 years until her death in 2012. Together they had three children; Robert, Doug, and Kayla.
Roy graduated from Texico High School in 1956 and joined the Marines soon after graduation. He came home after his enlistment was up and worked various jobs until 1960. Upon his return, he went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in the old Bridge and Building Department. In 1963, during layoff from the railroad, he joined the Army to provide for his family and served until 1966. He then returned to his job at the railroad, where he became a locomotive engineer in 1974. His fellow railroaders gave him the nickname “Thunder” which is how many people knew him. Roy retired in 1998 to take care of his wife when she became seriously ill.
Roy enjoyed following his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids to all their activities when they were growing up. He was an avid follower of the Texico Wolverines and went to every game he could, even after his kids and grandkids had graduated. He spent a lot of time researching his family history and would travel all over the country to visit courthouses or walk through cemeteries looking for clues about his ancestry. He was very excited when he found an old marriage license or death certificate from his past. Roy and Evie square-danced for many years and made a lot of life-long friends from their time spent together.
He is survived by his children; Robert and Beth Thornton of Texico, Doug Thornton of Clovis, and Kayla and Eric Zook of Waynoka OK.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.
Robert, Doug and Kayla, we are sorry for the loss of your dad. We have been family for many years and cherish every minute of our time spent together and will continue to be there for you. God bless and keep you. Charles, Eyvonne, Sheryl and families.
Charles CollinsLos Lunas, NM
Roy was such a great and unique man , could do anything. I enjoyed being friends with Roy for many years on the RR. There will be only one Thunder. My condolences to the family.
Joe D ThrasherAmarillo, TX
I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort sustain you as you await the promises found at John 5:28,29 and Rev. 21:4 where God promises to do away with all the things that cause us suffering and pain including death here on the earth forever. (Psalm 37:29) It is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family at this time.
Wow, Sorry for you loss. Roy and I worked together at the railroad for over 40 years, he was one of those that you could always count on being there.
Douglas McGregorClovis, NM
Roy was a very good friend and one of the first I met when I moved to Texico in 1948. He was our neighbor and taught me how to work. He will be missed by all who knew him. His Marine Service meant a lot to him and was always a hard worker. Love and Prayers to all his family and friends!
Audrey KittrellTexico, NM
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I thought a lot of him years ago when I lived in Texico. May God Bless Each of You and Give You Peace.
Kay Warmuth JohnsonDenton, WY