Joe Ben Thornton Posted in: Obituaries Our beloved Joe Ben Thornton left this earth on Saturday, May 1, 2021, after battling a long illness and complications from surgery. Born September 8, 1940, in Fort Mill, South Carolina, to Myrtle Ruth and L.F. "Doc" Thornton. Joe is survived by his wife Frankie Thornton, daughter Cindy Beshears and husband Gene, son Michael Thornton and wife Tonya, and brother Dan Thornton. Joe was preceded in death by his grandchildren Sydnee and Sierra Thornton and is also survived by grandchildren: Shane Beshears, Garrett Beshears, Joe Beshears, Wesley Beshears, Megan Williams, Morgan Thornton, and Serenity Thornton and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews,PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!