James Thornton

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James Thornton Sr. a native of Columbus, Ohio was born June 5, 1927 to the late Mike and Lucy Ellis Thornton. He passed away peacefully at Crown Pointe Care Center on Monday November 21, 206.

James affectionately known as Cool Crash attended Columbus Public Schools, and graduated from Central High School. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked many years as an auto mechanic, sales person and eventually retired from NAPA.

James loved his family and they always came first in his life, their needs and well-being. He was a servant always helping others whether it was taking people food, to doctor’s appointments or moving them in his truck. He volunteered at Ebenezer food pantry many years which gave him much joy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucy L. and Mike Thornton Sr.; sisters Evelyn Tucker, Josephine Burden and Rachel Bradley; brothers, Herman Thornton, Nathaniel Thornton and Donald Thornton and grandson Robert Lynch Jr.

Left to cherish his memory, wife, Mary E. Thornton; children Sharon R. Jenkins, Brenda J. Green, Theresa A Ervin, James Thornton Jr. and Gary L. Thornton Sr.; sisters, Nadine Howell and Carole Darling; brothers, Mike Thornton Jr. and Aaron Thornton, 17 grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Monday November 28, 2016 at First Church of God 3480 Refuge Rd.  Interment with Military Honors at Eastlawn Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. Phyllis Hairston-Ransom

    Brenda, so sorry to hear of father’s transition. I have been there and know what you are going through. Just remember the good times that you had with him and his spirit will live on forever.

    May the Creator provide you and your family with enough wind beneath your wings to carry you through this journey.
    Peace and Blessings

  2. To: The Thornton Family.
    I am sorry for your lost. May you find comfort in God’s word the Bible. Jesus said: At John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.
    May the hope and promises in this Scripture bring you comfort and strength to endure the difficult days ahead.
    Please visit jw.org (Search comfort)

  3. Aline L. Davis, Class of '66

    Thank God for the relationship that you had with your dad. Never met him but heard you talk of him often. Praying for you and your family.
    A limb has fallen from the family tree.
    I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
    Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
    The good life I lived while I was strong.
    Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
    Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
    My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
    Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
    Continue traditions, no matter how small.
    Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
    I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
    Until the day comes we’re together again.

    Author Unknown

  4. Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

    God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU, James for your service in The United States Army,serving in The NEVER Forgotten Korean War…. And Semper Fi…. Soldier.

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