Mortimer Funeral Home - Greenville
711 Highway 82 East
Greenville, MS 38701
(662) 334-4519 Fax (662) 332-1414
Place of Residence: Greenville, Mississippi
Name: Lawrence E. "Shine" Thornton
Occupation: Retired Electrician
Died: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Visitation & Rosary: 5-8pm Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Service Date: 11:30 AM Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Place of Service: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenville, Mississippi
Interment: Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Mississippi
Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Lawrence E. Shine Thornton
Lawrence E. “Shine” Thornton passed away Sunday, October 20 at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson from injuries sustained during an assault and robbery at his home.
Thornton was born in Shaw, MS on November 23, 1925 to William O. and Vera Tollison Thornton. He was a graduate of Greenville High School. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the Pacific Theater for two years as a Fireman First Class aboard the minesweeper, the USS Herald.
Thornton married the former Mary Maniscalco in 1949. He worked for Delta Electric Company in Greenville for 37 years and subsequently operated a liquor store in Greenville.
Thornton was well known in the Delta region for his Maria’s Famous Hot Tamales, which he began cooking in 1984, andnamed for his wife, Mary. He won many awards for his hot tamales through the years and loved sharing them with others.He was featured in numerous publications and videos about hot tamales and was interviewed in 2005 for the Mississippi Hot Tamale Trail. In 2012, he was crowned king of the inaugural Delta Hot Tamale Festival.
Shine had a lifelong love of music. He earned his nicknameShine in high school when he began picking out the notes to “You are My Sunshine” during the intermission of a performance. Members of the band started calling him Sunshine and eventually shortened it to Shine. He played the French horn in the Greenville High School Band. He played the bass fiddlein several local bands through the years including the Hot Biscuit Boys, the Burt Taggert Band and the Retreads. He was recently honored at the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival for his lifetime contributions to music in the Delta. Thornton taught himself to play the violin in his late 70’s but also enjoyed learning from others and he loved to study the history of the violin.
Thornton was an active parishioner and communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus and a former Grand Knight.
Thornton was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, hisparents, William O. and Vera Thornton, his sister, Mildred “Billie” Thompson and brother, William “Junior” Thornton.
Thornton is survived by two sons, John Earl Thornton (Laura) of Ozark, AL and Larry Thornton (Melody) of Greenville. Grandchildren, Ted Thornton (Kristen), Roddy Thornton (Herrika), April Thornton Taylor (Mark), Claire Thornton Treadwell (Adam), Thomas Thornton (Nina), Philip Thornton(Lindsey) and Peyton Thornton, step-grandchildren, Katy Moore, Sarah Moore and Josh Moore, and great-grandchildren Brycen, Carson, Isabella, Brenlea and Teddi Love Thornton and Kane Treadwell.
Visitation will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Greenville on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be said at 7:00. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with military honors. Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 412 Main St., Greenville, MS 38701.