John Walter “Johnny” Thornton

August 23, 1948 - May 22, 2022

08/23/1948 - 05/22/2022

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).
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Diane Wilson Parks
6 months ago

I’m sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. As a teenage he played music with my brother, Roger Wilson.

Ron Charlton
6 months ago

Jon works really great guy. Enjoyed all the years we play music together. He will be missed.

Gail (Gaskins) Snelling
6 months ago

Thoughts, hugs, and prayers for families and friends for your loss. ‘68 Classmate

Joseph Reynolds
6 months ago

Godspeed Ol’ Classmate

Carol Warburton
6 months ago

Praying for your family and friends.🙏

Cynthia childers
6 months ago

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. We spoke several times by phone. It was a pleasure catching up on old memories. Rest in paradise.

Rick Butt
6 months ago

My deepest condolences to Chris and the family.
I worked around John for many years at N&W. He was a delightful person to be around, always a cheery smile and a story to tell. I thought his taxidermy work was first class as he did several items for my son and I.
He was a hoot to be around and he will be missed.

John thornton
6 months ago

He was a good hearted person an he enjoyed life an an took care of his family he will be missed by all an was a hard worker an never quit or give up in life by now john thornton.

Barry Davis
6 months ago

Rest easy cousin. Every time our paths crossed you were welcoming, friendly and generous. Will never forget the time you gave me TONS of fishing gear. I was just a boy at the time and it was like Christmas in July.

6 months ago

I have the sweetest memories of him. I looked up to him with awe as a very little girl, always so kind and gentle. As a teen I went to watch him play the drums. Once again I was in awe. Such talent! Though he was 12 years older than me I thought he was the best cousin all because of his kindness. Sending you all hugs, prayers and love.