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Dr. Milo Lancaster Thornberry

Published Mar 16, 2017 at 03:52PM at http://www.bendbulletin.com/obituaries/5157549-151/dr-milo-lancaster-thornberry

November 19, 1937 – March 8, 2017

Dr. Milo Lancaster Thornberry passed away peacefully on March 8, 2017, at the age of 79, in Bend, OR. He was surrounded by family and embraced with loving arms at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Meugniot Thornberry of Bend; his children, Elizabeth Wayne Thornberry Maher of Granville, OH; Richard Lancaster Thornberry of New York City, NY; Katy Thornberry NcNulty of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Sean Milo Maher and Cassidy Wayne Maher; sister, Cynthia Ann Thornberry Richmond. His wife’s children, Wendi Lee Steele and Mark Lance Smith; grandchildren, Joshua Coburn Steele and Katie Rochell Smith.

Milo was born November 19, 1937, in Breckenridge, TX. He grew up on his family’s ranch outside of Clarendon, Hedley, then Wichita Falls. He received his pastoral license from the United Methodist Church at the age of 17. Milo received his B.A. in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University in 1959, his Master’s of Sacred Theology from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 1962, and his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology in 1974.

Milo served as a United Methodist Missionary to Taiwan from 1965-1971. He was assigned to teach Church history at Taiwan Theological College and Seminary. He became involved in human rights efforts during the era of Chiang Kai Sheik’s White Terror (1949-1987). Milo worked with political dissidents, including work with Amnesty International, the American Friends Service Committee, and most notably, included the planning and execution of the successful escape of former political prisoner and democracy activist, Dr. Peng Ming-Min. Milo and his family were deported back to the U.S. in 1971. Fireproof Moth: A Missionary in Taiwan’s White Terror was published by Sunbury Press in 2010. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary.

From 1977-1992, Milo resided in Atlanta, GA, where he served as the Director of Alternatives, a non-profit organization that promoted simple living, and later taught at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

In 1992, Milo was appointed to Juneau, AK, as pastor to Aldersgate United Methodist Church; in 1996, First United Methodist Church, Fairbanks, AK. He was appointed to First United Methodist Church in Bend, from 2001 until 2005, when he retired.

In retirement, he helped found High Desert Village in 2009. He wrote and blogged about current political and theological matters, began an unpublished novel, – Not Yet What We Shall Be in 2005. He also came out of retirement in 2007, for a temporary appointment to Chugiak United Methodist Church in Alaska.

Fishing was his favorite pastime. Travel, writing, wood working, photography were his hobbies, and the kinds of music that were his favorite were hymns, country, and opera. Never being one to take himself too seriously, he was quick with a joke, but he would start laughing toward the end of telling, everyone else as well, then the punchline. Milo was a kind and loving man for God, his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Bend United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond St., Bend, OR 97701. The service will be followed by fellowship to exchange stories, photos, and memories of Milo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and to Partners In Care of Bend, OR.

UMCOR http://www.umcor.org/Seach-for-Projects/Seach-for-Projects

Partners In Care http://www.partnersbend.org/get-involved/donate-to-bend-hospice/

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February. The Gratz Historical Society’s History of Lyken Township Volume Two took the top spot. Beagle Tales VI by Bob Ford was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW History of Lykens Township Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
2 NEW Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor
3 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
4 2 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
5 41 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 Bravo! Guy Graybill Music History
9 5 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
10 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
11 8 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
12 1 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
13 NEW Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
14 NEW Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
15 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
16 9 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
17 40 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
18 15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
19 20 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
20 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan Supernatural Fiction
21 26 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
22 7 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
23 12 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
24 30 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 24 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
26 45 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
27 14 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
28 35 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
29 25 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
30 19 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
31 18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
32 27 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger … Max Klinger Geneaology
33 NEW Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
34 13 Mary Sachs Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
35 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
36 OneWay Robin McClellan Supernatural Fiction
37 49 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
38 17 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
39 34 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
40 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr Geneaology
41 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook True Crime
42 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
43 Well I’ll be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
44 37 Indian Villages and Place Names in PA George Donehoo History
45 50 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
46 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Spirituality
47 Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
48 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
49 The Sea is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
50 21 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

The Gratz Historical Society’s local history “The History of Lykens Township Volume 2,” was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release in April. Bob Ford’s humorous “Beagle Tales VI” continues a successful string of releases by the writer, took #2 thanks to sales in the beagling community. Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry Volume 1” bounced back to #3 due to author events. Steven K Wagner’s biography “Seinsoth” about the Dodger who almost was took #4 due to bookstore sales. Joe Fair’s Vietnam history, “Call Sign Dracula” was strong at #5 thanks to author activities.

The company released three new titles in February:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for February, 2016
Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

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Vero Beach, FL — Sunbury Press has released The Silent Woman, Keith Rommel’s fourth novel in the Thanatology series of psychological thrillers. The first two books, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, have already been made into Hollywood movies and are winning awards on the festival circuit. Both movies are slated for release and distribution later this year. The third novel, The Sinful Man, is scheduled for filming in April.

About the Book:

The past. 

A little girl is nearly kidnapped. A wild man runs loose, terrorizing a neighborhood. An older sister stops at nothing to protect her younger sibling from outsiders. 

The present.

A woman sits in a prison cell, left to rot alongside a ruthless tormentor on a mission to break her. But, little does she know, the prison holds more insidious monsters than the beastly cellmate who steals her food and trades away her belongings for seemingly irrelevant trinkets. 

The past.

Secret murders. A clandestine friendship. A broken pact between sisters. In an effort to cover up a string of devious acts, an unlikely coalition unites to bury their shared dark past. 

The present.

A woman continues to be tortured by her mocking bunkmate, as well as by her own past—and all the things she can’t recall about it. What has she done? Why is she here? Where is she? As she ponders and pieces together the mysteries of her history, she traverses a place that incarcerates her not only physically but also forces her deeper into the prison of her own mind.


The Silent Woman: A Psychological Thriller

Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
204 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064412 
ISBN-10: 1620064413 
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers
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Chambersburg, PA — Sunbury Press has released American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo ‘70s, Bill Morris’s compilation of odd-ball stories from his days as a reporter in Chamberburg.

About the Book:

After publishing his third novel, Motor City Burning (Pegasus Books, 2014), Bill Morris turned his attention to researching, remembering and reliving some of the spectacularly lurid stories he covered in Chambersburg nearly forty years ago.  These included arson, rape, murder, kidnapping, attempted suicide, the paranormal, prison breaks – all of it leavened by the more prosaic aspects of life in a picturesque small town in central Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley.  He has now collected his memories – along with explorations into the slippery nature of memory – in a non-fiction book he’s called American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo ‘70s.

Praise for Bill Morris:

Motor City Burning

“Rich and thrilling.”  – Kirkus Reviews

“A crackling pace.”  – The New York Times

“Outstanding.”  – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

All Souls’ Day

“Bill Morris is an exceptionally gifted and savvy writer.  The comparison to Graham Greene is fully merited.” — Nelson DeMille

Motor City

“A wonderful job…a comprehensive portrait of American life in the ‘50s.” – Michico Kakutani, The New York Times

“A vivid and entertaining expedition.” – Loren D. Estleman, The Washington Post

“A hipper, sharper Ragtime.”  – Details

American Berserk
Authored by Bill Morris

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (March 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620068230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620068236
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

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POTTSVILLE, Pa.March 11, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released What Waits Beneath, Thomas Malafarina’s campy horror novel based in his native Schuylkill County harkening back to 1960s pulp classics.

About the Book:
Thomas Malafarina’s first novel is set in 1965 in his native Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A young boy is savagely disemboweled in the presence of his friends at an abandoned coal mine by an unidentified creature.

During the investigation, which follows, a Philadelphia television reporter learns from an eccentric old codger a terrible legend about the disastrous history of the mine – a tale about a mine disaster many years ago in which three coal miners were trapped a mile below the surface. Out of desparation, one of the miners sold his soul to Satan in order to get revenge for the disaster. In return, Satan transformed this man into an immortal soul-feeding demon that must remain trapped in the mine until he gathers ninety-nine souls.

How do you kill what can’t be killed? How do you stop the unstoppable? Welcome to a place where terror reigns, where unspeakable horror and demonic savagery is the norm; where lost souls writhe and struggle for a freedom that may never come. Welcome to Coogan’s mine; the home of Devil Dan.

About the Author:
Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

Dusk fell rapidly upon that dreary and overcast late summer day in August 1965. A disquietingly cool autumn breeze had begun to chill the air; a not so subtle forewarning of the inescapable approach of winter just a few months away. In the distance, black silt-covered hills cleaved their way through the earth stretching westward through the barren coalfields of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Elsewhere, the world was going through what was quite possibly one of the greatest cultural revolutions in its history. But here in this quiet place, time seemed to stand strangely still.

A winding dirt road snaked its way between the silt banks heading upward toward a plateau, which intersected a rising hillside. At its crest stood a rotting timber-framed doorway, once the entrance to a major coalmine, which had been abandoned more than a half century earlier.

A group of six young boys trudged purposefully up the access road toward the neglected mine. They stared at the rusted mine car rails which extended out from the yawning breach resembling the tongue of some nightmarish beast waiting to devour its unsuspecting prey. As they approached the former entrance to the mine, the boys involuntarily moved closer together forming a tighter cluster perhaps thinking that by doing so they might somehow shield themselves from whatever unknown evil the mine possessed. They had all heard and known the stories.

Near the entrance, a security light shown with an eerie amber glow from high atop a battered wooden electrical pole from which wires dangled loose and foreboding. Seven feet or so above the ground, rusted metal l-shaped footrests jutted out from the sides of the pole creating a staggered ladder pattern leading high upward toward its top. However, the climb upward seemed far too dangerous for any sane person to attempt. The tawny light faded in and out of intensity, indicating repairs to this particular fixture were long overdue and would likely never come. In the crimson setting sunlight and the golden glow of the diminishing lamplight the mouth of the mine resembled a gateway to Hell.

On the decomposing timber, which stretched across the crown of the entrance, hung a painted sign, worn and barely legible reading “Co ___ n’s Mine.” A menacing looking blood dripping handprint obscured the missing letters. Several similar handprints dappled the two worn wooden mine doors, both of which were likewise deteriorating and dangled precariously askew.

One by one, the members of the group pushed a younger boy by the name of Johnny Carter to the front of the line. The boy did everything in his power to try to project an air of false bravado, but upon seeing the moldering doors of the mine and the blackness, which loomed just a few feet in front of him, the child became overwrought with terror.

What Waits Beneath
Authored by Thomas Malafarina
Sunbury Press, Inc. (March 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620067889
ISBN-13: 978-1620067888
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches

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