Bethany is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Thornton and the granddaughter of Marcia Stone of Cadiz. She was an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.
She was the recipient of the Belmont Physical Therapy Clinical Experience Scholarship. Bethany is employed by Drayer Physical Therapy Institute in Lexington.
Belmont University is the largest Christian university in Tennessee and the second largest private university in the state, behind nearby Vanderbilt University, also in Nashville.