John Walter “Johnny” Thornton passed away on May 22, 2022. He was born in Danville, VA on August 23, 1948, but moved with his family to Norfolk at a very early age. He graduated from Norview High School in 1968, and later went to work for Norfolk & Western (now Norfolk Southern) Railroad in 1970. He became a Machinist, and retired from Norfolk Southern after 27 years of service. While at the railroad, he served as local chairman of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union.
Johnny was a very accomplished local musician – a drummer – who played in several bands in the Hampton Roads area for over 50 years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, performing taxidermy and fly-tying in his spare time.
Johnny is survived by two sons – Christopher (Tammy) and Corey (Lisa), and four grandchildren – Cody, Jessica, Gabriella and Clover. Per his wishes he will be cremated and there will not be a funeral service. Those who wish to celebrate his life are encouraged to reflect on your most memorable times with him and remember him in those moments of life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Mary’s Home (Norfolk, VA).