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July 4, 1916 – October 25, 2013

Ms. Rachel Estella Barnes Thornton, age 97, of Haleyville, Alabama, passed away Friday, October 25th, 2013, at Rose Manor in Haleyville, Alabama.

Visitation, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, at the Pinkard Funeral Home in Russellville, Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., following visitation, at the Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel in Russellville.  Burial in Tharptown Cemetery.  Clinton Busler, Randy Nichols, and Stratton Barnes, officiating.  Pallbearers, grandsons and relatives.

Ms. Thornton was born July 4th, 1916 to John Howard and Laura Malone Barnes.  She was lifelong resident of Franklin County, Alabama, and a member of Russellville First Baptist Church. She was the eldest of 10 children. 

She is survived by 3 children, Annette (Billy) Sturdivant, Brenda (Troy) Oliver, and Kathy (Steve) Gray; 1 daughter-in-law, Sandra Thornton; 1 brother, Stratt Barnes; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Willie Thornton (Clanton) Hester, Kathy Barnes, and Bernice Barnes; 1 brother-in-law, Cecil Thornton; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Howard and Laura Malone Barnes; husband, Hubert John Thornton; 2 children, Paul Hugh Thornton, and Bobby Jo Thornton; 8 brothers and sisters, Zollie Barnes, Arland Jo Barnes, Retha Barnes Weems, Marie Barnes Porter, Jack Barnes, Wayne Lee Barnes, Bennie Barnes, and Patsy Barnes.

Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, AL., directing.

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