William C. Thornberry, longtime resident of Windsor Drive, East Liverpool, passed away Friday morning, March 7, 2014, at the Stone Pear Pavilion. He was 81.
Born in Newell, April 9, 1932, he was a son of the late Clifford and Helen Reed Thornberry and had been a resident of this area all his life.
A member of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1950, he was a member of the basketball team and earned 2nd Team All-State honors. He later would graduate from Washington and Jefferson College where he was a four year letterman on the basketball team and was the captain his senior year. Following college, he served with the U.S. Army.
Upon returning to the area, he began his association with the Ferro Corporation in 1957. He began his career as a sales executive and later became the company's national sales director. Bill retired in 1995 after 38 years of service.
He was an elder and trustee of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church for many years and was active on its building committee. Although he was always an active community booster, he will be most remembered as the driving force behind the development of the Frank J. Mangano Track Complex project at East Liverpool High School.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Eileen Heidel Thornberry, whom he married August 9, 1955. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Arlene Thornberry, Mary Hoffman and Jane Dorsey and a brother-in-law Jack Doughty.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving family: daughter Cynthia Brogan, and her husband Jim, of San Diego, California, and three sons, Scott Thornberry, and his wife Nanci, of East Liverpool, Chris Thornberry of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Dean Thornberry, and his wife Janine, of Pickerington, Ohio; as well as nine grandchildren: Bill, Dan, Ellen, Clara, Olivia, Katie, Allison, Jack and Ben Thornberry.
He also leaves a sister, Lois Doughty of Columbus, Ohio, along with two brothers, Keith Thornberry, and his companion Ruby Coleman, of East Liverpool, and Dale Thornberry, and his wife Judy, of Boulder, Colorado.
Friends may visit Monday at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 3 to 8 p.m. Rev. Mark Dunn will conduct a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Columbiana County Memorial Park where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will conduct military honors.
Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.
Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
View Bill's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.