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William Rudolph Thornton, Jr.

William Rudolph Thornton, Jr.
  • October 30, 1955 - August 29, 2021
  • Anderson, South Carolina
  • Please consider a donation made in his name to:
  • Charleston Animal Society
    2455 Remount Road
    North Charleston, SC 29406

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“Tracy, I was so shocked when you sent me Bill's obituary this morning. Thank you so much for letting me know. There are no words. I have so many...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Barber - Goose Creek, SC

“Mr. Bill will surely be missed. I will miss him messing with me about my football teams and racing. I will miss his friendship and his smiling face....Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Faye Keith - Summerville, SC

“So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you all. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Veno - Charleston, SC

“Tracy, Thank you for including me with Bill's obituary montage. I never met him so now I have a picture and an idea of the man he was.My heartfelt...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jim Hicks - Anderson, SC

“Our sincere condolences. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Cessi Bowles - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

“I am so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I've know him for over 20 years. He was such a sweet man. He will be missed. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: JOSETTE STOREY

“Tracy, I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Robert McCall - Goose Creek, SC

“Oh Tracy, I am so truly sorry to hear this news that Bill has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great guy...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Deborah Julian - Goose Creek, SC

“My heart hurts for your loss, Tracy. I'm so happy I got to meet Bill and wish there had been more time. With deep condolences, Catherine ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Catherine Threadgill - SC

“Thoughts and prayer from Lou and I at this time of loss.Warren Brown ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Warren Brown - Rock Hill, SC

“So sorry for your loss Tracy . I am praying for you and the family. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Pamela Jones - Eutawville, SC


William Rudolph Thornton, Jr., 65, formerly of Charleston, SC and recently of Anderson, SC, husband of Tracy Nesbitt entered into eternal rest Sunday, August 29, 2021. There will be a gathering of friends and family Friday, September 3, 2021 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC 29406. According to his wishes, cremation will take place and the inurnment will take place at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Northwoods Chapel. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Bill was born October 30, 1955 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late William Rudolph Thornton, Sr. and Dorothy Rawlinson. He loved working in the Paper Mill industry. He was a maintenance planner and worked for the Charleston paper mill for 40 years, before moving to Anderson and continuing in the same industry, working for First Quality Paper. Bill was a HUGE Clemson football fan and loved all things Clemson. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, boating and hanging out at the lake house.

He is survived by his loving wife Tracy; two daughters, Ashley Gandy (Chris) and Lindsey Thornton; five grandchildren, Reagan, Cademon, Micah, Madison and McKenzie; one sister, Cathy Davis (Jerry); niece and nephew, Crystal and Ryan; in-laws, Frank and Mary Nesbitt; sister-in-law, Deanna Nesbitt; brother-in-law Frank Nesbitt, II and their children, Sara, Grace, Allyson and Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Please consider a donation made in his name to: Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 http://www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/donate.