John E. Singley

John E. Singley

90, Columbia


Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Hathorn Funeral Home for John E. Singley, 90, of Columbia, who died on Monday, Sept. 2 in Columbia. Burial will follow in Society Hill Cemetery. Bro. Mark McArthur officiated. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the services on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Hathorn Funeral Home.

As a longtime resident of Marion County, he was a retired tug boat captain.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Readus and Cleta Singley; son, John Lawayne Singley, and one great-grandchild, Colton Singley.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Zellie Butler Singley of Columbia; one daughter, Melinda Thornhill (Randy) of Kokomo; three sisters, Anna May Tolar of Pascagoula, Brigette Mitchell of Conroe, Texas, and Mildred Patterson, of Ponchatoula, La.; two brothers, Rayford Singley of Arizona and Bill Singley of Arkansas; four grandchildren, Tina Thomas of Moselle, Tammy Popwell (Zach) and Steven Thornhill, both of Foxworth, and Jonathan Singley (Bridggett) of Purvis; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Singley and Caden Singley, both of Purvis, and Makaylee Thomas of Moselle.

Pallbearers were Randy Thornhill, Steven Thornhill, Tommy Craft and Zach Popwell.

Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements.


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