Longtime Tide Administrator Charley Thornton Passes Away

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Charley Thornton
Charley Thornton

Charles J. "Charley" Thornton, longtime sports information director and assistant athletics director under Coach Paul Bryant at The University of Alabama, died Monday night at Northport DCH Hospital.

The Arkansas native served as sports information director at his alma mater, Arkansas State, and  at Tulane, then joined the staff of the NCAA before going to Alabama in 1964. He stayed at Alabama until becoming executive athletics director at Texas A&M in 1981. He also served with the Memphis Showboats of the World Football League and as director of athletics at Arkansas State and served briefly with Alabama's development office.

Following his retirement from Arkansas State, he and his wife, Doris, had lived in Jasper before moving to Tuscaloosa five years ago.

Thornton was best known to the public in his role as host of the hour-long Sunday afternoon playback of Alabama football games, "The Bear Bryant Show."

He is a member of the Hall of Fame of the College Football Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and recipient of the Arch Ward Award from CoSIDA. He served for many years on the NCAA Basketball Tournament operations staff.

In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by a son, Stanley, of Madison and a daughter, Amelia, of Athens, Georgia.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Funeral for Charles J. "Charley" Thornton, longtime sports information director and assistant athletics director under Coach Paul Bryant at The University of Alabama, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with burial in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Thursday.

Mr. Thornton, 67, died Monday night at Northport DCH Hospital.

Although best-known to the public as the host of the "Bear Bryant Show," the Alabama football playback on Sunday afternoons with Bryant, Thornton had a distinguished career in athletics.

The Arkansas native served as sports information director at his alma mater, Arkansas State, and at Tulane, then joined the staff of the NCAA before going to Alabama in 1964. He stayed at Alabama until becoming executive athletics director at Texas A&M in 1982. He also served with the Memphis Showboats of the World Football League and as director of athletics at Arkansas State and served briefly with Alabama's alumni and development offices.

Following his retirement from Arkansas State in 1993, he and his wife, Doris, lived in Jasper before moving to Tuscaloosa five years ago.

He is a member of the Hall of Fame of the College Football Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and recipient of the Arch Ward Award from CoSIDA. He served for many years on the NCAA Basketball Tournament operations staff.

In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by a son, Stanley, of Madison; a daughter, Amelia, of Athens, Georgia; granddaughter, Ariel, of Madison; and sister Betty Burke of Greenville, Mississippi.

NOTE: Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel is East of Tuscaloosa. At the intersection of University Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Parkway (15th

Street) E., take Highway 216 past Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Cemetery. At the fork, go right to Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel.

The family requests memorials to:

Caring Days of Tuscaloosa (1110 6th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401)

The University of Alabama Athletics Department (P.O. Box 870323, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487)

Forest Lake Methodist Church (17114th Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401).

     
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