Elmer Burl Thornton

5 January 1919–28 February 1996 (Age 77)
De Roche, Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Elmer Burl

When Elmer Burl Thornton was born on 5 January 1919, in De Roche, Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States, his father, Ira Burwell Thornton, was 23 and his mother, Vonza Dyess, was 21. He married Bernice Mildred Thornton on 3 October 1937, in Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in De Roche Township, Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 28 February 1996, in Malvern, Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Bismarck, Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elmer Burl Thornton
Bernice Mildred Thornton
Marriage: 3 October 1937
Lyndall Burl Thornton

Spouse and Children


    Bernice Mildred Thornton


3 October 1937
Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Lorene Thornton



    Rufus Eugene Thornton


    Truman Hallie Thornton


    Doris Jane Thornton


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1922 · The First Radio Station WOK Begins Broadcasting

Age 3

In 1922, Harvey C. Couch Sr. started WOK the first radio station in Arkansas. After a trip to Pittsburgh and the KDKA radio he came up with the idea for Workers of Killowatts (WOK). WOK had no commercials which was nice for the listeners.

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Anglo-Saxon: Thorn, a thorn, and tun, a farm, meaning a thorny farm

Sources (3)

  • Burl Thornton in household of Ira Thornton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Elmer Thornton in household of Ira B Thornton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Burl Thornton, "United States Census, 1940"

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