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Joseph Paul Thornton

August 24, 2019 ~ October 28, 2020 (age 1)


Joseph Paul Thornton, affectionately called “Joey” by his loved ones, gained his angel wings on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. A beautiful and cherished son, Joey was born August 24, 2019 to Emory “Paul” Scott Thornton II and Alexandria Virginia “Alix” Rasmussen of Parksley, VA. His sweet smile would light up a room, and he had a love for all things bright and colorful, especially liked dinosaurs.

He leaves to honor and treasure his memory, his parents; sisters, Roriegh Virginia Thornton and Skylar Ann Thornton; paternal grandparents, Paula Small of Onley, VA and Scotty Thornton, Sr. and Shannon of Moyock, NC; maternal grandparents, Thomas “Tommy” Rasmussen of Hacksneck, VA and Mary Virginia and Larry Custis of Harborton, VA; paternal great-grandparents, JD and Pauline Small of Onley; maternal great-grandparents, Thomas L. Rasmussen of Craddockville, VA, Everett Beasley of Craddockville, and Larry and Cindy Custis of Pungoteague, VA; uncles, David Thornton, Wyatt Chesser, and Tommy Rasmussen; great uncle, Trey Small; honorary uncle, Clarence “Uncle Giggles” Sample; and a host of extended family members. Joey was predeceased by his maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Ellen Beasley.

A memorial service will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Rob Kelly officiating.

Contributions may be made in Joey’s memory to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD), P.O. Box 2156, Norfolk, VA 23501-2156 or online at

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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Memorial Service
November 1, 2020

1:00 PM
Williams-Onancock Funeral Home
94 Market Street
Onancock, VA 23417


Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
PO Box 2156, Norfolk VA 23501-2156

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