“Mrs. Dot” — as many of us knew her, was a true gem for the Start/Richland Parish community. Like many others, I am so genuinely thankful to be counted as one of her former students. She was always a warm and loving person, while at the same time expecting great order and structure when it came time to hit the books.
I remember being “disciplined firmly” by her on only two occasions (and I’m sure as a 2nd Grader, I deserved more.) Once because I was talking too much, and once because I was on the classroom floor, barking like a dog. I still probably talk too much, but I can honestly say she nipped my “dog barking” escapades in the bud. Don’t think I’ve ever been caught howling like a dog since.
What I remember most however, was her big hugs and great big smile. She and Dr. Adams both have always been respected and admired even beyond those that have known them personally. Her community, family, and friends will all miss her, and my prayers and thoughts are with everyone as they reflect on the countless fond memories of her lifetime and legacy.
Dorothy “Dot” Thornton Adams passed away on June 25, 2013. Dot was an elementary school teacher, devoted to her beloved students at work and to her family and church at home. She had many interests at various times in her life, including painting, gardening, sewing and fishing. Most of all, Dot loved to travel. Along with her husband, Arlon, and their children, Steve and Jay, Dot traveled for many years throughout North America. Over the years, her grandchildren and family friends also joined Dot and Arlon on their trips.
Dot was preceded in death by her Father, John Dewey Thornton, her mother Audie Simmons Thornton and her siblings, Dale, Douglas, Donald, Jimmie Faye, and Perkins. Dot is survived by her husband of nearly 56 years, Arlon, as well as her sons Steve and Jay, their wives, Lucy and Rayne; her grandchildren, Chris Adams, Brandi Adams Watters, Sean Adams and Ashleigh Adams; and her great grandchildren, Tyler Adams, Brayden McCarley, and Kinzlee Watters. She is also survivd by a host of nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Start Baptist Church. The funeral service celebrating Dot’s life will be on the following Friday at 10:00 a.m., also at Start Baptist Church under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home-Rayville.
Pallbearers are Tommy Parker, Don Parker, Will Minchew, Wesley Pace, Ron Mason, Brent Mason, Chris Adams and Sean Adams.
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