Thornton, former

Maxine Thornton

Maxine Gowan Thornton of Fayetteville, former register of deeds for Lincoln County and a local business owner, passed away on Friday (May 17, 2019). She was 87.

Maxine was born on Jan. 7, 1932 in Lincoln County to the late Hiriam Maxie and Mary Margaret Mansfield Gowan.

She worked for Serbin, was a licensed cosmetologist and owned Maxine’s Hair Salon. Mrs. Thornton served as the Lincoln County register of deeds, was a member of the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club and the Fayetteville First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Melinda Carolyn Thornton (Charlie) Williams and Tammie Thornton (Ray) VanNeste; grandchildren, Stephanie (Matt) Miller, Adrianne Monks, Richard (Christel) Honey, Thomas Monks, Sara (Colin) Carey, Ashlee Johnson, Brandon Williams, Justin Williams, Lindsey Williams, Meagan (Abel) Garcia, Jesse (Candy) Allen, Noah (Mary) Allen, Hailey Williams, Nathan VanNeste, Matthew VanNeste, Jonathan VanNeste, Benjamin VanNeste, Abigail VanNeste and Timothy VanNeste; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Christine Gowan (Hilton) Sullivan; and a brother, Billy Joe Gowan.

In addition to her parents, Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Thornton in 1992, and daughters, Victoria Lynn Monks Lewis and Angela Kaye Thornton Allen Neal.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon Fayetteville First Baptist Church with Dr. Jon Hathcock and Bro. Ray VanNeste officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cary B Sullivan Lincoln County Tribute Chair, PO Box 470, Fayetteville, TN 37334, or to the Grace Fund at Fayetteville First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 623, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.


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