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William L. "Sonny" Thornton, 66, of Columbia, passed into eternity on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at Parkside Manor in Columbia, Mo. William was born on January 14, 1946, to the late Otentha M. Thornton and Turner Smith. Sonny or "Bill" by friends, moved to Kansas City, Mo. in his early twenties. Sonny worked for Riss International and then later the Tiehen Company. Sonny loved to go fishing, and was an excellent cook. He also bowled on a league for many years. He is survived by four children, William of Kansas City, Mo., Donna of August, Ga., Domico (Tasha) of Kansas City, Mo., Jamaal (Molly) of Columbia, Mo.; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Shirley Henderson of Wichita, Kan., Nettie Wesley of Pensacola, Fla., Ethel Jackson of Jefferson City and one aunt, Willa P. Thornton of Chicago, Ill. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church in Columbia, Mo. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be left at www.htmayfunteralhome.com
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