Doris Chessor Thornton

Born: Thu., Nov. 29, 1923
Died: Thu., Oct. 24, 2013

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Doris Chessor Thornton of Greensboro, Georgia passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the age of 89. A 60-year resident of Greene County, Doris was born in Jackson, Tennessee on November 29, 1923 to the late Omer Grady Chessor and Jenny Lou Chessor. After graduating high school in 1941, Doris accepted a position at the Aviator Training Base in Jackson, working at the base throughout the U.S. involvement in World War II. In 1945 with the war coming to an end, she left her job after four years of service to attend Union University, also in Jackson. Following her education at Union, she moved to Augusta, Georgia, as she accepted a position as an administrative assistant at the Medical College of Georgia under Dr. Corbett H. Thigpen and Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley who wrote "The Three Faces of Eve". She also corresponded with Margaret Mitchell through Dr. Thigpen. This is also where she met a young doctor in training, Hollister Alvin "H.A." Thornton. Following a courtship and engagement, they were married on June 26, 1948. After a short time in Atlanta, H.A. and Doris moved to Greensboro in 1952 where H.A. set up his medical practice, and where the Thorntons would spend the rest of their lives working and raising their family. During that time, in addition to being a full-time mother, Doris was an active member of the Greensboro community and with the United Methodist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Church and was always known as "Miss Doris". She was an avid walker and never met a stranger. She loved serving others. She was greatly loved and will truly be missed by her family.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband, H.A. Thornton and her parents, Omer and Jenny Lou Chessor. She is survived by her sister, Rosemary Chessor Codgell; her four children, Teri Thornton Stewart (A.T.), Janice Thornton Coile (Rocky), Nancy Thornton Moon (Tommy), David Thornton (Terri); grandchildren, Tiffany Stewart Cali (Christian), Lindsey Stewart Monihan (Tim), Blair Stewart Colvin (Matt), Brittany Stewart Arrowood (Michael), Jesse Stewart (Shara), Josh Stewart (Maggie); Kati Coile Butler (Gordon), Jay Coile (Becca), Will Coile, Justin Moon (Stephanie) and Holly Moon Jordan (Ricky); 19 great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. A. T. Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA 30642. Serving as pallbearers are: Larry Smith, Jesse Stewart, Josh Stewart, Justin Moon, Jay Coile and Will Coile. The family requests that any memorials be made to St. Mary''s Good Samaritan Hospital, 1230 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until time for the service at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Kent & Melinda P Walker
   Posted Fri October 25, 2013
Miss Doris was such a sweet and wonderful lady. Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

David Ashley
   Posted Fri October 25, 2013
David and family, Jeanie and myself are sorry to hear of your loss. We are here if you need anything.

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Fri October 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Doris was one of the sweetest and kindest ladies that ever graced Greene County. She will be remembered by many! Terry & Elaine Cantrell

Dale Temple
   Posted Fri October 25, 2013
David, Terri and Family, so sorry for your loss. What an elegant lady, I will always remember her for that big smile and always so full of life.

Terry and Allison Duvall
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
We were so saddened to hear about Mrs. Thornton. She was always so friendly and seemed so glad to see us when we came to Greensboro. I remember one time I was really sick with a cold and my parents were out of town. She came and got me from school and took me to her house until I could go home. That really meant a lot!! She will truly be missed.

Melanie Bufford
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Buddy and I are so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of both your Mom and Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Melanie and Buddy Bufford

Laura Thomas Brown
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Hugs and prayers for all of you to find comfort at this time. Miss Doris was one of my favorite people.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
We were so sorry for your loss. your mother was lovely lady who met everyone with a smile and a friendly word. You were blessed to have her as a mother.

Meg Marshall
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Dear family, Miss Doris will be truly missed. She was one of the sweetest ladies I knew and she was dearly loved. I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face. It was always a pleasure to see her. You all are in my prayers.

Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Dear Family, Doris was a very good friend and loved by all. I am so glad I knew her all these years. She will be missed, but now is in the hands of God. The Lord bless all of you at this time. With love, Betty Jo

Laura S. Stewart
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew her. May God give you comfort in your time of grief.

Shirley and Emmett Caldwell
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Teri,Janice,Nancy,David and Family: Our thoughts and prayers will be with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come. Indeed, we will forever remember our friend MISS DORIS.

Elaine Campbell Carpenter
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Janice and I send our sincere condolences for the loss of Miss Doris.Doris was such a fun person and just a joy to be around.Our mother Mattie always fixed Doris' hair and they shared some good times and laughs.Mother turned 93 Oct. 20th and what a blessing it is to still have her with us.May God give you all the strength you need to get through this difficult time. Love, Elaine C. Carpenter Janice Campbell

linda barrington
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort in the days ahead.

Donna and Mike Malone
   Posted Sat October 26, 2013
Teri, Janice, Nancy and David, Our hearts are broken to learn the news about Miss Doris. She was such a special lady and we've loved her since the day we met her. The sweet memories of her will always remain in our hearts. With our sincerest sympathy, Donna and Mike Malone

Roddy and Barbara McCommons
   Posted Sun October 27, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Mrs. Doris was such a special lady. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

David & Janice Kopp
   Posted Sun October 27, 2013
What a wonderful - - mother - grandmother - wife - friend - neighbor She will be truly missed -

charment bryans
   Posted Mon October 28, 2013
David and sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Mon October 28, 2013
Our love and prayer's to you and your family at this time.

dianne finch mckinley
   Posted Mon October 28, 2013
sorry for the loss of a dear lady

Stacy & Sally Adams
   Posted Mon October 28, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Mon October 28, 2013
"Miss" Doris was a sweet and thoughtful lady. I admired her devotion to her family and kindness she showered on others. She had a warm and friendly personality. Sincere sympathy to her loving family.

Nat Harwell
   Posted Tue October 29, 2013
"Miss Doris" made life SO much better for all of us who grew up knowing her, Dr. Thornton and the whole family. What a wonderful lady. May God bless her, and the whole family.

Jane Chapman Merritt
   Posted Wed October 30, 2013
I was so surprised to hear that Ms. Doris had passed away. I am a little behind on hearing the news I guess. She was such a sweet and loving Southern lady! She always had a smile for everyone she met. Will be praying and thinking of all of you. Sincerely, Jane Merritt

Phyllis Vaughn Blanton
   Posted Thu October 31, 2013
Janice, Just heard the news of the passing of your Mother. Give my thoughts and prayers to your sisters and brother as well. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Phyllis Vaughn Blanton

Julie Brook Hatcher
   Posted Tue November 26, 2013
Your Mama was/is such a shining light to all! Our world would be so much better if we had more people like Mrs. Doris! Our Lord and Savior will be your peace that surpasses all understanding. God Bless all of you as you are in our thoughts & prayers! Julie Brook Hatcher