Mrs. Barbara Ann Thornton

Mrs. Barbara Ann Thornton, 84, of Franklin, KY, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:59 p.m. at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbert Funeral Home in Franklin, KY. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Franklin Church of Christ with burial to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, KY.

Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019 and from 6 a.m. until funeral service time on Saturday at the Franklin Church of Christ.

A native of Portland, TN, she was born October 30, 1935 to the late Willie Thurman “Jack” Freedle and the late Mable Bracken Freedle.  She was the wife of the late Herbert Leon Thornton.

She is survived by six daughters, Robbie T. Ferreri and her husband Giovanni of Franklin, KY, Gail Ladd and her husband Wayne of Franklin, KY, Debbie Thornton of Franklin, KY, Susie Sablesak and her husband Bill, of Franklin, KY, Cindy Patterson and her husband Kelly of Franklin, KY and Bonnie Mitchell and her husband Bill of Nashville, TN; a son, David Thornton and his wife Elizabeth of Nashville, TN; eight grandchildren, Alex, Andrew and Geoffrey Patterson, Sabrina Ferreri, Lacy Utley, Ashley Deweese, Courtney Vick and Sara Hooten; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Freedle of Portland, TN and Bill Freedle of Franklin, KY; and a sister, Connie Anderson of Gallatin, TN.

Barbara was a member of the Franklin Church of Christ.  She and her husband were the founders of Friendly Furniture Company in Franklin, KY. 

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