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Bobbie Fay Mohler Thornton
Birth: Jul. 11, 1938
King (Coryell County)
Coryell County
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 2012
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA

Bobbie Faye Thornton, 74, a longtime resident of Gatesville, passed away December 20, 2012 at Hillcrest Hospital.
Bobbie was born July 11, 1938, in King, TX to Millard Augustus "Gus" Mohler and Mabel Fern (Shoal) Mohler. She married Arvin Leon "Al" Thornton of Rockport, TX January 1, 1957 in Gatesville.
She worked as an Executive Secretary for Rockwell International for many years, and she devoted her later years to researching and documenting the history of Coryell County and its residents. She was active in the Coryell County Historical Commission and provided many hours of service at the Coryell County Courthouse.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Bobbie is survived by her former husband Al Thornton; by her two sons, David Carter Thornton of Gatesville and Arvin Leon Thornton Jr. and wife Jane of San Antonio; her daughter Stephanie Elizabeth Puryear and husband Brent of Mt. Juliet, TN; nine grandchildren: Candy Thornton, Chris Thornton, David Thornton Jr., Courtney Thornton, Sean Thornton, Shannon Thornton, Caera Thornton, Damian Nulisch, and Eric Ditch; her sister Susan Claudette Shinn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, make donations in the name of "Bobbie Faye Thornton" to The Gatesville Museum, The Historical Commission or The Genealogical Society.
Gatesville Funeral Home, Gatesville, Texas,
December 22, 2012


Bobbie was the heart and soul of the Coryell County historical and genealogical communities. She spent countless hours transcribing records in the Coryell County courthouse. Every bit of history she uncovered was meticulously preserved, and committed to her brilliant mind. Her dedication to preserving the history of Coryell County was unmatched by any other individual. Coryell County has lost a true champion.
Those who knew her reveled in her sometimes gruff manner because we knew what a softie she really was under that outer formidable persona. She was a treasured mentor and a dear friend, who will be profoundly missed.
Sherry Lawrence, December 22, 2012


My dear friend and mentor who taught me so very much. She shared so much of her knowledge with myself and others. Her memory will be with us forever. I loved her and will miss her feisty personality.
Dee Winter - December 22, 2012


I will never be able to thank her enough for the original Strickland marriage certificates that she saved for me (after they were indexed and no longer wanted by the county). Those are very precious to our families and have gone to the individual Strickland families involved. She was so generous with her information, and I will treasure the memories of knowing her.
Pam (Strickland) Vick

 
 
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 Parents:
  Millard Augustus Mohler (1916 - 1989)
  Mabel Fern Shoaf Maxwell (1917 - 2001)
 
 Siblings:
  Bobbie Fay Mohler Thornton (1938 - 2012)
  Susan Claudette Mohler Shinn (1940 - 2013)*
  Michael Allen Mohler (1950 - 2009)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
King Cemetery
King (Coryell County)
Coryell County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Scooter T
Originally Created by: SHERRY LAWRENCE
Record added: Dec 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102406653
Bobbie Fay <i>Mohler</i> Thornton
Added by: Stephanie Puryear
 
Bobbie Fay <i>Mohler</i> Thornton
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Bobbie Fay <i>Mohler</i> Thornton
Added by: SHERRY LAWRENCE
 
 
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I am missing you so much. Sometimes I feel so lost and alone. I never realized how much you were my anchor and my confidant. The only one who really knew me and all my issues but loved me anyway.
- Stephanie Puryear
 Added: Apr. 29, 2014
Hi Mommy, I sure do miss you. Every time something happens in my life you are still the first person I want to call. They say it gets easier but I just don't know. There are so many things I see that make me think of you. I have been trying to stay in tou...(Read more)
- Stephanie Puryear
 Added: Mar. 16, 2014
Love you Momma. Here is the Indian toothbrush I promised you. I don't think I ever remember seeing one. I sure wish I could put my arms around you and hug you. I'm really missing you.
- Stephanie Puryear
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014
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