Dorothy Thornton Obituary, Death – Dorothy (Dot) Thornton was born on August 15, 1941 in a little town in the state of Alabama known as Bankhead. Bankhead is located roughly 50 miles northwest of Birmingham. She moved with her family to Akron, Ohio when she was young, and there she received her education at Crosby Elementary School, West Junior High School, and Central High School, from which she graduated in 1959.
Dorothy’s passion for her faith, her family, and sports all began at a young age and have remained with her throughout her life. As a child, she participated in athletic activities with her siblings, and as an adult, she has maintained her love of softball and bowling by competing in leagues. Her work experience included anything from operating a shuttle vehicle in Alabama coal mines to becoming a seamstress who sewed not only her own outfits but also a great number of stunning prom and wedding dresses for other people.
Dorothy’s enthusiasm for athletics eventually prompted her to enroll her son, Burt, in every sport possible so that she could support him from the stands. She went to great lengths, both domestically and internationally, to cheer on her boyfriend and his undergraduate and professional football teams at Purdue University and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. She was a Baptist for the first 45 years of her life before she became a Jehovah’s witness and continued to be a pioneer till her illness slowed her down a bit in the past few years. She practiced her Baptist faith during the first 45 years of her life. In her later years, she devoted most of her time to seeing her grandkids, Darius and DayLynn, compete in high school and collegiate athletics.
Her parents had gone before her in death before she did. Connily Mae Perry and Ellis Mae Perry; Christina Perry, their sister (late Dorland Vaughn). She is survived by her brothers Connily Perry Jr. (Shirley), Leon Perry (late Sherry), Johnny Perry (Edith), David Perry (Arrie), and Donnie Perry (late Karen), as well as her sisters Mary Carney (Lester), Theresa Harper (James), and Twana Butler. She passed away on March 23, 2019. (David). Courtney, her son Burt E. Thornton Jr.; Darius and DayLynn Thornton, her grandchildren; Aaliyah and Melani, her great-grandchildren. Her many nephews, nieces, cousins, and an enormous group of friends will remember her fondly and feel a deep sense of loss at her passing.