Richard Morley Thornton, 63, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at his residence. He was born Saturday, May 3, 1952 in Monroe. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, at Jena Church of Christ with Brother John Barker officiating. Arrangements were handled by Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Thornton; and a sister, Carolyn Stewart. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Kathy Andrews Thornton of Jena; father, Conrad Thornton; mother, Jane Strickland Goldman; one daughter, Ruthy Paul of Jena; one son, Chris Thornton of Winnfield; two brothers, Ray Goldman of Waynesboro, MS, and Mitchell Goldman and wife Deanne of Magnolia, AR; one sister, Lynn Shock and husband Chuck of Stuttgart, AR; four grandchildren, Morley Tiner, M’Lynn Tiner, Ethan Thornton, and Jonah Kendrick; and one great granddaughter, Alora Baxter.