Fayette “Frank” Thornal, Jr.- February 11, 2020


Fayette Millard “Frank” Thornal, Jr., 72, of Kingsland, Ga died Tuesday evening (February 11, 2020) at St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Fl 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, Fayette Thornal, III wife Pam of Lyman, South Carolina; 9 grandchildren, Donnie Hair wife Emily, Joseph Hair wife Tiffany, Anna Huggins, Jacob Barrows, Michael Barrows, Emily Hartley, Sharon Ingram, Zac Thornal, Ben Hill; 10 great grandchildren, Jaxson L. Hair, Gabrielle Hair, Marisa Barrows, Kayleigh Barrows, Adelyn Barrows, Eleanor Barrows, Tyler Huggins, Brandon Huggins, Liam Huggins, JoyAnna Huggins; expected great grandchild, Baby Frank; numerous other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Sunday (February 16, 2020) at 3:00pm at the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA, 31548. The family will be receiving friends Sunday from 1-3pm at the VFW. The family requests the St. Marys Police Department serve as honorary pallbearers and should be at the VFW by 2:45pm.

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.

4 thoughts on “Fayette “Frank” Thornal, Jr.- February 11, 2020

  1. Bill Brown

    I am Bill Brown. Earned my dolphins in August of 1966. Retired as a Senior Chief ET in 1986…

    We are brothers ~~ we just have different mothers. When you pin these dolphins to your uniform, you are joining a very unique fraternity…The Brotherhood of Submariners!

    FAYETTE will always be FRANK to me and many others. We were friends for almost 50 years! Instructor duty at the Submarine Training Center in Charleston in the Mid 1970s, opposite crews on the USS Francis Scott Key SSBN-657, and then together at the Kings Bay Mobil Technical Unit. He became a LEO with the St Marys Police Department. I went into defense contracting…

    Some know us….Some do not….But Submarine Sailors ~~ “Tried, Tested, and Qualified” are a close bunch of Merry Renegades….But this phrase from Shakespeare says it best….

    “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart.
    But we in it shall be remembered.
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!!!
    For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.”
    RIP brave sailor, you have not been forgotten.

    The submarine service is strictly voluntary. In fact there is a psychological battery that you must take before you commence training. The folks in charge just never said whether you had to pass it or fail it…

    With the loss of THRESHER in 1963, popular psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers stated this about the brotherhood of submariners:
    “They know themselves a little better than the next man. They are generally a bit healthier emotionally than others of similar age and background, because of their willingness to push themselves a little bit further and not settle for an easier kind of existence. All humans have tremendous capabilities but are rarely straining at the upper level of what we can do, these men are. The country can be proud and grateful that so many of its sound, young, eager men care enough about their own status in life — and the welfare of their country — to pool their skills and match them collectively against the power of the sea.”

    RIP My Brother ~~ No More Pain…


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