The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 19, 2012

Charles A. "Chuck" Thornberry


Mr. Charles A. "Chuck" Thornberry, 68, of Webb City, Mo., departed this life on Friday morning, Dec. 14, 2012, after a long illness.

Chuck entered this life on Sept. 12, 1944, in Joplin, Mo., to the late Harold and Freda "Deanie" (Hobson) Thornberry. He was raised in Webb City, and was a 1962 graduate of Webb City High School. Upon graduation he attended Joplin Junior College and served his country in the United States National Guard.

On Aug. 20, 1965, in Locust Grove, Okla., he was united in marriage to Marilyn Sue Gore and to this union two sons were born.

Early in his working career, he worked as a compositor for the evening edition of the Joplin Globe. From 1971 to 1995, he was employed by FAG Bearing in Joplin. He officially retired in 2010, from Motion Industries, also of Joplin. He was a member of the Webb City Central United Methodist Church, Webb City Masonic Lodge No. 512, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Mo., American Quarter Horse Association and was a former board member of the Sheltered Workshop. He was also instrumental in organizing the Webb City Youth Baseball Program.      

Chuck is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marilyn Thornberry, of the home; two sons, Ryan Thornberry and wife, Denise, of Danville, Va., and Kyle Thornberry, of the home; five grandchildren, Callyn, Justin, Malachi, Amber and Mathew; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Craig Thornberry and wife, May, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a sister, Phyllis Glidewell and husband, Nelson, of Webb City; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Thornberry are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Central United Methodist Church in Webb City, with Pastor Tom Shouse officiating. Masonic Rites will be rendered by the Webb City Lodge No. 512.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are being directed to the Webb City Masonic Lodge or the Bright Futures program, of Webb City, and contributions may be left at the mortuary office or left at the church the day of the service.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin.

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