Randy Thornhorn (known locally as Randy White Thornton) wrote two novels, Wicked Temper and The Kestrel Waters, which were selected in 2015 in the "Oxford American's 100 Best Southern Novels Ever" in the top twenty of all time. They also were rated #4 and #8 in the "Best Southern Gothic Novels." He also wrote short stories, one of which was published in the Oxford American magazine in which they claimed Thornton to be "One of the South's wildest new voices." Critics compared his writing to William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and H.P. Lovecraft.
Randy's love of the country and the south was founded in his youth, where he lived for brief periods with his uncle Orsborne and aunt Beth Williams in the Crossroads/Malakoff area. He returned approximately 15 years before his death to restore his family home on the ranch continually inhabited by his mother's family dating back to the 1870s. He graduated from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, where he lived with his parents Edward H. and Mary E. White and brothers David, Steve and sister Lisa. After high school, he served in the Army in Ft. Polk, LA and Ft. Stewart, GA as a theater specialist, gaining a love for movies that, along with literary works, were his lifelong passion. He lived for over two decades in Los Angeles, where he wrote scripts and acted, among numerous other occupations associated with movies and television. Just before his death in Alabama, he wrote the movie scripts for his two books under contact.
Survivors include father Edward H. White, Houston, TX; brother David E. White and Amie of Dalton Gardens, ID; brother Steve H. White and Ellen of Houston, TX; sister Lisa White Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM; and thirteen nieces and nephews and one great niece and great nephew.
Also surviving are aunts and uncles Beth and Orsborne Williams of Cross Roads, TX; Mary Jo Bowers of Clementon, NJ; Nancy Crowson of Irving, TX, and Paul White and Mark Ameen of New York City, NY.
Randy was predeceased by his mother, Mary E. White, Houston, TX; his paternal grandparents, Charles Roy and Mary Beliva White, Ardmore, OK; his maternal grandparents, Dewey and Mary Eula Thornton, Crossroads, TX; and his aunts and uncles Charlie and Mary Lois White, Holly Lake Ranch, TX; Winfield E. and Eula Thornton, Electra, TX; Dewey E. and Sue Thornton, Midland, TX; and Jim Bowers, Clementon, NJ.
A private memorial service will be held June 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Crossroads. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Great Pyrenees Foundation/Rescue of Alabama in Randy White Thorntons name or the charity of your choice.
Published on May 27, 2016