Published: 7/28/2022

Fannie Sue Maultsby Thornton, age 89, of Goodspring, TN, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, peacefully in her sleep at home.  Sue was born June 6, 1933, the youngest of eleven children, to William George and Minnie Naomi Frank Maultsby.

Sue was raised in the Bodenham community. In 1953, after a short residency in Nashville, TN, she moved to Louisville, KY, where she met the love of her life, Charlie Will Thornton, Sr. After a brief engagement of 1 week they eloped to Iuka, MS and were married November 21, 1953. In 1957 they purchased the Thornton family farm in Goodspring, TN and relocated in 1961 to raise their four children.

Sue worked at Lee Mar Shirt factory for many years and later retired from W E Stephens.

Sue was a member of Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling, making quilts, embroidering, mowing the yard, cooking, and watching her favorite tv shows, “America Says” and “Family Feud”.  Her grandchildren always brought a great joy to her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Charlie Will Thornton, Sr., parents William George and Minnie Naomi Frank Maultsby. Siblings: Fate Maultsby, Clara Thornton, Bill Maultsby, Johnny Maultsby, Joe Maultsby, Sadie Byrd, Ruby Byrd, Eddie Lee Maultsby, Lizzie Mae Haywood, granddaughter Amanda Banks Horsewood and several great-grandchildren.


She is survived by:


Pam Thornton Scott (Tim) of Goodspring, TN

Renee Thornton Chisholm (Patrick) of Youngsville, NC

Judy Thornton Long (Tommy) of Lester, AL

Chuck Thornton (Amy) of Dyer, TN



Billy Long of Athens, AL

Eric (Heather) Goolsby of Wake Forest, NC

Kyle Goolsby of Raleigh, NC

Sarah Catherine Thornton of Nashville, TN

Siler Thornton of Dyer, TN

Timothy (Jeanette) Scott of Goodspring, TN

Six great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild

Sister-in-law Evelyn Thornton of Goodspring, TN

Special friends: Joe and Carol Townsend of Anderson, AL

Caregivers: Pat Comer, Michelle Glover, Crystal Mosley, and Lori Townsend

Her most loyal and faithful dog Pokie


Services will be held at Carr & Erwin Funeral home with visitation Thursdsay July 28th from 6-8 pm with the funeral to be held at Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church Friday July 29th at 11:00 am  with burial in Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church cemetery.