Larry Thornton (born in Montgomery) is a McDonald's franchisee and artist and a former advertising manager and art teacher.
Thornton earned his bachelor of fine arts in commercial art at Alabama State University and taught art at Vestavia Hills High School for four years. He then spent 15 years as advertising manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, where he is now a member of the board of directors.
He left advertising to open a McDonald's franchise at Heritage Towne Center. Since then he has opened additional locations in the Hueytown Wal-Mart, on Jaybird Road near Brighton, on 9th Avenue Bessemer, and on State Farm Parkway in Wildwood. He sold the Wildwood location to his son, Dale.
Thornton continues to produce pencil drawings, often portraits of influential African Americans. His work is displayed at Coca-Cola's local headquarters and in the Ronald McDonald House and has been used in charity auctions to raise funds for a variety of non-profit organizations.
Thornton also serves on the board of directors for First Commercial Bank.
- Williams, Roy L. (February 23, 2010) "Birmingham-area McDonald's franchise owner drawn to art." Birmingham News