MATADOR: Memorial services for Robert L. Thornton, 73, of Arlington, formerly of Matador, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Seigler Funeral Home. He died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001.
He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Matador. He worked as a cook for Matador Ranch and was a Korean War veteran. He moved to Arlington and was the chief pastry chief for Wyatt's Cafeterias.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Thornton; two sons, Bobby of Newkirk, Okla., and Freddy of Houston; four daughters, Elfi Stewart and Anita Partida, both of Arlington, Connie Hatfield of Huntsville and Betsy Welch of Granbury; a sister, Lillian Kuykendall of Mineola; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, August 27, 2001.
"The Last Dinner Bell"
Robert Thornton joined friends at the Matador Cowboy Reunion on Saturday, August 25,  but for him, it was to be the final time he would hear the dinner triangle. The last living chuck wagon cook of the historic Matador Land & Cattle Co., Ltd., was found dead early Sunday morning by his brother-in-law, Bill Hemphill.
A Dickens native, he was visiting at the Hemphill residence, west of Roaring Springs, when he was stricken. A memorial service will be held at the Red Mud community cemetery near Spur with details to be announced later.
Robert was visiting Bill Hemphill, brother-in-law, at his residence west of Roaring Springs, Dickens, Texas and attended the Old Settlers Reunion on August 25, 2001. Bill found him dead Sunday morning, August 26, 2001. Robert was a native of Dickens County and "The last living chuck wagon cook of the historic Matador Land and Cattle Company, Ltd. Thornton joins the thinning ranks of cowboys riding for the brand who have slipped over the Great Divide for the last roundup."
©The Texas Spur, Spur, Dickens County, Texas, Thursday, August 30, 2001.
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