SYLVESTER -- The funeral services for the late Mr. Otis Thornton of 108 Cotton Street, Sylvester, Georgia, who departed this life on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the Wilson Hospice House in Albany, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., from the Greater New Birth Baptist Church in Sylester, Georgia with the Minister Ondra Thornton officiating. Burial will follow in the Shepard Memorial Garden in Sylvester, Georgia.

Otis Thornton was born March 25, 1952 Thornton in New York City. He was raised by his Grandparents Ozella and David McMahon.

He was educated in the Fessenden County School System in Martin, FL. He was a member of the New Chapel Baptist Church in Ocala, FL.

He worked for several years in Florida and did textile work at Worth Textile and the Empire after returning to Sylvester, Ga.

Otis leaves to cherish his memories a very loving mother, Mrs. Hattie Bell Thomas of Sylvester, Ga; one son, LaTrellab Johnson of Ocala, FL; one daughter Zerita L. Parker of Sylvester, Ga; three grandchildren, Zatavia and Jeremiah Parker of Sylvester, Ga and Jrevonn Johnson of Ocala, FL; five brothers, Horace Claitt (Retha) of Albany, Ga, John H. Thornton (Sandra) of West Palm Beach, FL, Ondra Thornton (Theola) of Ocala, FL, Randolph and Bruce Thomas of Sylvester, Ga.; two sisters, Annette Parker and Phyllis Thornton of Sylvester, Ga; step sister, Ernestine Matthews of Avon Park FL; sister in law, Lizzie Jackson of Sylvester, Ga; a special aunt, Mackie Wilkerson of Ocala, FL

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