Commitments To The Community & Our Legacy
In 1925, they dared to dream ; they created a Legacy that has spanned 96 years .
The Thornton family is determined , motivated and energized to ensure the dream that was first envisioned in 1925 do not stop flourishing.
The current generations of Thornton’s are inspired , passionate , prepared, and committed to ensuring that our legacies dreams and creations continue flourishing .
Our commitment to serve the South East Georgia communities is to expand, and build our Funeral Home Services to new heights.
Our commitment to our legacies is to provide quality services well beyond their greatest expectations .
We’re now five generations strong. We’re proud when we tell people that it’s the third generation that owns and runs the family business.
Thornton’s Funeral Home continues to use traditional funeral home values while integrating new technologies and customizing need for families
Our Facilities and Location
We’ll be pleased to welcome you to our warm and comfortable office.
We are located at 26 North Miller Street, Hazlehurst, GA 31539.
Thornton's Funeral Home Legacy
Archie Thornton, Sr
Archie Thornton. Sr., founded Thornton’s Funeral Home with his wife, Willie Mae Hall Thornton and his brother Jack Thornton in 1925 in Hazlehurst, Georgia
Archie "Buck" Thornton jr, Legacy Owner
In 1954, Archie “Buck” Thornton, Jr. and his siblings Ruth Thornton James and Milton Thornton took over the funeral home. Archie, Jr. as the mortician and Ruth as the funeral director.
Milton Thornton, Legacy Owner
In 1954, In 1954, Milton Thornton and his siblings Archie “Buck” Thornton, Jr. and Ruth Thornton James took over the funeral home.
Willie Mae Thornton, Founder
Willie Mae Hall Thornton founded Thornton’s Funeral Home with her husband, Archie Thornton. Sr., and his brother Jack Thornton in 1925 in Hazlehurst, Georgia
Ruth Thornton James, Legacy Owner
In 1954, In 1954, Ruth Thornton James and her siblings Archie “Buck” Thornton, Jr. and Milton Thornton took over the funeral home.
Thornton’s Funeral Home was started by Archie Thornton. Sr., his wife, Willie Mae Hall Thornton and his brother Jack Thornton in 1925 in Hazlehurst, Georgia. After Jack’s departure, Archie, Sr. ran the family funeral home until his death. In 1954, Archie’ Sr.’s son Archie Thornton, Jr. and his daughter Ruth Thornton James took over the funeral home. Archie, Jr. as the mortician and Ruth as the funeral director. The youngest son, Milton also worked along side his siblings.
After the death of Ruth Thornton James, her daughter Geraldine James Cue, with the help of her brother Alonzo James, came home to help her Uncles Archie Thornton, Jr. and Milton Thornton continue to run the funeral home business until Archie’s illness in 1997.
Geraldine and Alonzo continued to run the family funeral home business with their only remaining Uncle Milton until his death in 2013. At that time, Geraldine and Alonzo kept the funeral home in business until Alonzo’s death in 2014. Today, Geraldine Cue and the children of Milton Thornton, Sonja Renee Thornton Hall, Eric K. Thornton, and Sharon Thornton Lias continue to maintain one of the oldest business in the county, and will continue a tradition of service into the 21st century.
We, the Thornton family have many years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Thornton’s Funeral Home proudly serves the families of Jeff Davis and surrounding counties.