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James A. "Jimmy" Thornton

September 7, 1946November 16, 2020
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Jimmy was born on September 7, 1946 in Jackson, Tennessee to Joe and Betty Thornton. He graduated from Beech Bluff High School in 1964. He attended UT Martin and was a proud member of the Tenn National Guard. On September 5, 2011, he married Glenda Bowling. Together they shared four daughters and two sons.

Throughout his years, Jimmy was always seen as a good and faithful servant of Jesus. He grew up attending Parkview Baptist Church. He was an active member of Meridian Baptist Church until he moved to Memphis in 1996. He was then a devoted member of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett where he faithfully served on a multitude of projects, committees, and groups. Those include being a choir member, active and proud member of the men’s Sunday school class with friend Keith Bates, the missions and outreach committee, basketball team, FCA support of Bartlett High School, FaithWalk, men’s ministry, and many more.

Along with his commitment to the Lord’s work, Jimmy had a passion for people. A common theme amongst his accomplishments and hobbies was servantry. Whether it was rebuilding someone’s car or completing home repairs, Jimmy was constantly looking for ways to help a friend in need. If you were to catch Jimmy away from serving others, you might have seen him enjoying a game of golf or attending a local car show. He also loved to travel, even with no specific destination in sight. One trip he loved to take was to the river with his “bride” - as he loved to say.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Joe, mother, Betty, brother, Jack Thornton, and sisters Hazel Hammonds and Peggy Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Glenda, their children, Deena Maness (Randy), Laurie Jones (Jesse), Chris Thornton (Mandy), Jennifer Gooch (Kris), Phillip Jhin (Angie), and Melody Pendergrass. He is also survived by his siblings Hellen Carroll, Mary Alice White (Erwin), George “Sonny” Thornton (Libby), and Nita White (David). Jimmy’s grandchildren are Jay and Timmy Maness, Jessica Sanders (Michael) and Katie Jones (Conner Blakley), Tyler Peeler (Sarah) and Haley Thornton, Jayla Ramsey and Reece Gooch, Daylan and Braden Jhin and Piper Barker, Brooke Solorzano (Adrian), Madison and Caroline Pendergrass (Mark Bray). Great-grandchildren are: Chandler, Bentley, and Brylynn Sanders, McKenzie Maness, and Aubrey Solorzano. He was also survived by multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Memphis Funeral Home from 6:00-9:00pm ― 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Barlett, Tennessee 38133.

A second visitation will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Meridian Baptist Church from 11:00am - 1:00pm followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm― 161 Harts Bridge Road, Jackson, Tennessee 38301. The burial service to follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Donations can be sent to St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

  • FAMILY

  • Joe and Betty Thornton, Parents (deceased)
  • Jack Thornton, Brother (deceased)
  • Hazel Hammonds, Sister (deceased)
  • Peggy Arnold, Sister (deceased)
  • Glenda Thornton, Wife
  • Deena Maness (Randy), Child
  • Laurie Jones (Jesse), Child
  • Chris Thornton (Mandy), Child
  • Jennifer Gooch (Kris), Child
  • Phillip Jhin (Angie), Child
  • Melody Pendergrass, Child
  • Hellen Carroll, Sibling
  • Mary Alice White (Erwin), Sibling
  • George "Sonny" Thornton (Libby), Sibling
  • Nita White (David), Sibling
  • Jay Maness, Grandchild
  • Timmy Maness, Grandchild
  • Jessica Sanders (Michael), Grandchild
  • Katie Jones (Conner Blakely), Grandchild
  • Tyler Peeler (Sarah), Grandchild
  • Haley Thornton, Grandchild
  • Jayla Ramsey, Grandchild
  • Reece Gooch, Grandchild
  • Daylan Jhin, Grandchild
  • Braden Jhin, Grandchild
  • Piper Barker, Grandchild
  • Brooke Solorzano (Adrian), Grandchild
  • Madison Pendergrass, Grandchild
  • Caroline Pendergrass (Mark Bray), Grandchild
  • Chandler Sanders, Great-grandchild
  • Bentley Sanders, Great-grandchild
  • Brylynn Sanders, Great-grandchild
  • McKenzie Maness, Great-grandchild
  • Aubrey Solorzano, Great-grandchild
  • He was also survived by multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Neil Winchester

November 21, 2020

Jimmy Thornton was loved by many and that included me. Enjoyed being in his company, especially to hear his laughter which was always as he was a very happy and friendly man. I know heaven had gained a saint now that Jimmy is there. He truly was a great Christian man!!

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Biography

Jimmy was born on September 7, 1946 in Jackson, Tennessee to Joe and Betty Thornton. He graduated from Beech Bluff High School in 1964. He attended UT Martin and was a proud member of the Tenn National Guard. On September 5, 2011, he married Glenda Bowling. Together they shared four daughters and two sons.


Throughout his years, Jimmy was always seen as a good and faithful servant of Jesus. He grew up attending Parkview Baptist Church. He was an active member of Meridian Baptist Church until he moved to Memphis in 1996. He was then a devoted member of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett where he faithfully served on a multitude of projects, committees, and groups. Those include being a choir member, active and proud member of the men’s Sunday school class with friend Keith Bates, the missions and outreach committee, basketball team, FCA support of Bartlett High School, FaithWalk, men’s ministry, and many more.


Along with his commitment to the Lord’s work, Jimmy had a passion for people. A common theme amongst his accomplishments and hobbies was servantry. Whether it was rebuilding someone’s car or completing home repairs, Jimmy was constantly looking for ways to help a friend in need. If you were to catch Jimmy away from serving others, you might have seen him enjoying a game of golf or attending a local car show. He also loved to travel, even with no specific destination in sight. One trip he loved to take was to the river with his “bride” - as he loved to say.


Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Joe, mother, Betty, brother, Jack Thornton, and sisters Hazel Hammonds and Peggy Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Glenda, their children, Deena Maness (Randy), Laurie Jones (Jesse), Chris Thornton (Mandy), Jennifer Gooch (Kris), Phillip Jhin (Angie), and Melody Pendergrass. He is also survived by his siblings Hellen Carroll, Mary Alice White (Erwin), George “Sonny” Thornton (Libby), and Nita White (David). Jimmy’s grandchildren are Jay and Timmy Maness, Jessica Sanders (Michael) and Katie Jones (Conner Blakley), Tyler Peeler (Sarah) and Haley Thornton, Jayla Ramsey and Reece Gooch, Daylan and Braden Jhin and Piper Barker, Brooke Solorzano (Adrian), Madison and Caroline Pendergrass (Mark Bray). Great-grandchildren are: Chandler, Bentley, and Brylynn Sanders, McKenzie Maness, and Aubrey Solorzano. He was also survived by multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.


A visitation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Memphis Funeral Home from 6:00-9:00pm ― 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Barlett, Tennessee 38133.


A second visitation will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Meridian Baptist Church from 11:00am - 1:00pm followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm― 161 Harts Bridge Road, Jackson, Tennessee 38301. The burial service to follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Donations can be sent to St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

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