Novell Lee Thornton

Novell Lee Waddy Thornton, age 69 was born on March 10, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio to John Waddy Sr. and Marilyn Middlebrooks. He went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Novell is preceded in death by his parents, his loving daughter Chrislane O’Neal and precious grandchildren Kassius Thornton, Rayshawn Thornton and Kalia Jones.

Novell was one of a kind with the biggest heart. He loved his children, grandchildren, family and football. He was a huge Cleveland Browns and OSU Buckeye fan. He was a former member of the Masonic Temple and enjoyed playing pool, horse racing, playing the numbers, playing cards, and cooking.

He leaves to cherish his memories; wife Sandra Thornton; children, Tosha C. Regina Thornton, Damian (Ronnett) Thornton Sr., Novell DeMario Thornton, Novell Thornton, Dejuan Groce, Tiffany Groce and David O’Neal; brothers, Gerald Jefferson, John (Denise) Waddy and Dearl Adams; sisters, Constance (Charles) Baxter, Mona Lisa (Kim) Webb, Kim Skaggs, and Aubrey Love; brother in law, James Scott; sisters in law, Beverly Chambers, Carol Scott, and Leola Scott; 25 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; special friend Sylvia Groce; special cousins, Wilbur Thornton and Oletha Thornton as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00 noon Friday January 25, 2019 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

Condolence Messages

  1. There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. Please except our deepest sympathy. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of need.

  2. EJ, Phyllis, Keyla, Spider, Kyle

    Tashobe, The Thomas family sends our LOVE and DEEPEST SYMPATHY to you and your family.

    We Love You

  3. Regina A. Dudley

    I realize that there is nothing I can say or do that will ease your pain sorrow during this time, but I pray that God’s love & peace will comfort you during this time of transition.
    Regina Dudley

  4. Mary and Willie Cumberlander

    May God comfort and keep you during your time of sorrow. I pray his love and Holy Spirit cover you and your family giving you peace

  5. Emanuel & Tia Lewis

    The Thornton Family we send our condolence and love to your family. In
    John 14:27 peace I leave with you my peace I give you I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

    Lewis Family

  6. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Thornton family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:15) and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. (Mark 5:41-43) To learn more about God’s promises go to JW.ORG. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson.

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