John Gadsden Thornhill
  • In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to
  • The Clemson Fund
    110 Daniel Drive
    Clemson, SC 29631
  • In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to
  • Pompion Hill Chapel Foundation
    724 Royall Avenue
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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“I am so sorry to hear of John G's passing. I grew up with John G and we had some wonderful times just hanging around with "the crowd" and going to...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Dodds Secrest - Summerville, SC

“John G's Celebration of Life service last Monday was very uplifting and he would have been very pleased. Many thanks to the staff at St. Michael's...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: David Jordan - Columbia, SC

“JohnG was so much fun to be around and always treated me like family. I still have a silly voicemail that he left me in 2015, just because it makes...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Farrah Osment - Mount Pleasant, SC

“To the family and friends of John G:My family and I were sorry to hear about John G's passing however we are glad this chapter in his life is over. ...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: David Jordan - Columbia, SC

“John G didn't just live life, he consumed it. He feasted on Charleston and everything that was good and special about it. If he knew a stranger, it...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Skardon - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Condolences to the family a friend in the business. Frank DorseyCharleston S.C ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: Francis Dorsey - Charleston, SC

“Rest in Peace John G To the Family a great part of Charleston was lost with John G passing You as a family can be proud of such a great man ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Julian Wayne Morris - SC - Friend

“Sorry to hear of you brother's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Wayne Major - Mount Pleasant, SC

“John G was one of the rare individuals that only needed his first name. The mere mention of John G would bring a smile to your face. Charleston will...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Randy Rhea - Charleston, SC

“What a wonderful man with a happy heart. Every time we eat oysters in the Lowcountry we will think of him, Hot oysters!!, old friend ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Alex Marshall - Charleston, SC

“I listed my relationship as a "coworker" because John G would so often call me and/or Triple Lindy to come and play music for his catering events. I...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Hugh Price - Charleston, SC

“John G will always be remembered for serving many many meals to Gary and me from the Fresh Market on Tuesday's at Moultrie on Coleman. His genuine...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Rackley - Friend

“I am truly sorry to hear about John G. I have the best of memories of him and our Morris/Hanckel family during the 'Sea Datsun' days. He will be...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Courtney Morris-West - SC

“John G. had the kindest soul. When I moved to Charleston in the 80's , he was one of the first persons I met in the food business. After that came a...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Murrill - Wilmington, NC

“To my GOOD friend John G,It was a pleasure to be around you and watch you hold court with everyone laughing in disbelief. You Made life worth living...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: sparky witte - mt pleasant, SC

“What times we had at Sewee Plantation, John G., you, Bill, Robert and I hunting from the blue Falcon care in the middle of the night.I'll see you...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: The Rev Colonel James Silcox - VA

“I was so sorry to hear about JohnG's illness and his passing. My best to you all. Ross ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Ross Robertson - Lake Placid, FL

“My deepest condolences to the family.John G, you always lite me up when I saw you. I do not believe I ever walked away from you without a smile on my...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Rick Hennigar - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Friend for over sixty years. We were both proud members of the Little Ape Club, causing, at times, considerable grief to police, tourists, and angry...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Hugh Paul - De Funiak Springs, FL

“Ted and all of the family,I am sorry for the family's loss. May god be with you all at this difficult time. I know John will be missed by many. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Riddell Perry - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I feel like part of Charleston has died! He was a true blessing to those of us that were lucky enough to know him. Godspeed my friend. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Josephine Oakley

“Sincere condolences and best wishes to the family and friends of Mr. Thornhill. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Eddie Banks - Columbia, SC

“My sincere condolences to John G's family. He will be dearly missed by all and his death leaves a hole in our community. God blessed us with a man...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Jeannie Bluemel - Charleston, SC

“John G. was a Lowcountry Original, and I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Dave Thompson - West Palm, FL

“To the Thornhill family, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of John G. I will always remember his laughs and stories.He will be sorely missed.I...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Jimmy Hayes - Ravenel, SC

“You define the term "southern gentleman" and the sincere love of the Lowcountry and all she has to offer; your love for your children, parents,...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Sandy Murphy - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Every time we saw John G, there was a good story to be heard, good food to be had and a lot of laughs. You will be missed! ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Kif & Terri Schaffer - New Canaan, CT


John Gadsden Thornhill, 67, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, January 30, 2018. His Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 5, 2018 in the St. Michael's Church, 80 Meeting Street at 3:00 p.m. Interment, Churchyard. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

John G was born in Charleston, SC July 19, 1950. He attended Gaud School, graduated from Porter Gaud and from Clemson University in 1974 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He and his partner Irving Peters acquired Charleston Bay Gourmet catering in September, 1991. His previous employment was with Atlantic Insulation, Southern Oil and Charleston Oil Company, established by his grandfather and his grandfather's brother in 1909. He was a member of SC Waterfowl Association (SCWA) and received the Award of Honor from Ducks Unlimited in 1979. The SCWA will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to John G posthumously at their Sportsman's Ball on February 16. John was a past member of the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant and recipient of the Service Above Self Award in 1982-1983.. He was a member of St. Andrews Society and the New England Society.

John G was a man's man who dearly loved being in the woods and hunting. He traveled to South America, Mexico and all over America in pursuit of ducks, dove, quail, deer and elk but was most comfortable in his dearly beloved Lowcountry woods. He loved the pursuit of game but more than that loved the comradery and stories produced by those hunts. John G was a great storyteller and raconteur, and never met a person who was not touched by his personable manner.

He is survived by his mother, Jane Lucas Thornhill; his sister, Jane Thornhill Schachte (Joseph); his brother, Theodore Wilbur Thornhill II (Winston); three children: Mary Frances Van Landingham, Christopher Gadsden Thornhill (Autumn Rose) and Lucy Bayman Thornhill; two grandchildren: Dylan Gadsden Van Landingham and Tucker Gadsden Thornhill; two nephews: Theodore Wilbur Thornhill III and Simeon Van Noy Thornhill; and one niece, Ann Winston Thornhill.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Clemson Fund, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, 9833 Old River Road, Pinewood, SC 29125, (online donations can be made at swa.org) and Pompion Hill Chapel Foundation, 724 Royall Avenue, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.