Fayette Millard “Frank” Thornal Jr., 72, of Kingsland died Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, after a brief illness.
Mr. Thornal was born in Port Arthur, Texas, to the late Fayette Millard Thornal Sr. and Mary Grace White Thornal and had made St. Marys his home since 1981. He was proud 21-year veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a chief. After his military service, he joined the St. Marys Police Department where he retired after 25 years as a lieutenant. He was an active member for many years in the VFW Post 8385 where he was recently serving as quartermaster.
Mr. Thornal loved riding motorcycles. He was the first motorcycle officer for the St. Marys Police Department. He loved it so much that when he started he chose to ride his own motorcycle while on duty.
Between his military service and working for the police department, he became an exceptional marksman. He even loved to target shoot outside of work. He was a great craftsman and woodworker and above all, he loved and cherished his grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lea Becker Thornal, and a brother, Thomas Lawrence Thornal.
Mr. Thornal is survived by four children, Patricia Ann Hair (husband Buster) of Summerville, South Carolina, Teda Barrows (husband Lee) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Janet Gohl of Kingsland and Fayette Thornal III (wife Pam) of Lyman, South Carolina; nine grandchildren, Donnie Hair (wife Emily), Joseph Hair (wife Tiffany), Anna Huggins, Jacob Barrows, Michael Barrows, Emily Hartley, Sharon Ingram, Zac Thornal and Ben Hill; 10 great-grandchildren, Jaxson L. Hair, Gabrielle Hair, Marisa Barrows, Kayleigh Barrows, Adelyn Barrows, Eleanor Barrows, Tyler Huggins, Brandon Huggins, Liam Huggins and JoyAnna Huggins; an expected great-grandchild, Baby Frank; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway in Kingsland. The family will be receiving friends Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the VFW. The family requests the St. Marys Police Department serve as honorary pallbearers and should be at the VFW by 2:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA 31548.
Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.