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Veteran of the Month—William Turner

William Thornton Turner was born on September 4, 1946 in Philadelphia.  William, affectionately known as Thornton was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System.

Thornton accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age.  He was drafted into the United States Army where he served two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged after serving three years. He was awarded many medals, such as the parachute badge, National Defense Service Medal and was an expert in firearms.

After Thornton’s discharge from the Army Thornton always kept a job and worked for many years for a nursing home in Coatesville until he retired due to his health.

Thornton was a quiet and unassuming man who loved to travel, read and hop on a bus to the casinos.  He also enjoyed family gatherings and would spend most holidays at his niece Shirlene’s house for dinner.

Thornton was a private person who always did his own thing. In his younger years, some would say he was a lady’s man.  He was a wonderful brother, uncle and just and all around nice guy who will be sorely missed.