On Friday, December 12, 1980, in Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home, Washington, D.C., beloved widow of Rowland Gipson Thornton, Washington, D.C.; mother of the late Lt. Rowland G. Thorton Jr., Washington, D.C. and William Sterling Thornton, Richmond, Va.; mother of Mrs. Willard S. Whiteman (Margaret T.), Scotia, N.Y.; sister of Mrs. Willard Stanley Bull (Pearl D.), Newport News Va. Survived also by five grandchildren, Rowland S. Whiteman, Schenectady, N.Y., Mrs. Rodney A. Hall (Virginia W.), Marietta, Ga., David L. Whiteman, Washington, D.C., Dr. John R. Whiteman, Youngstown, N.Y. and William Rowland Thornton, North Brook, III.; great-grandmother of Julianna Downing Whiteman, Washington, D.C.; five other great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services, to which friends and relatives are invited, will be held 8 p.m. Thursday, December 18, in Henson Valley Christian Church, Oxon Hill, Md., Rev. F. Narvin Martin officiating. The church will be open 6 p.m. to receive friends and relatives. Interment Oakwood Cemetery, 12 noon Friday, December 19, Richmond, Va. Arrangements by LEE FUNERAL HOME, Capitol Hill. Memorial contributions may be made, in her name, to Henson Valley Christian Church, 1900 Tucker rd., Oxon Hill, Md. 20022.