James C. Thurston Sr.

October 1, 1935July 17, 2013
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James (Jim) Curtis Thurston Sr.

Merritt Island, FL

On July 17, 2013, James (Jim) Curtis Thurston, Sr., was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father. Born in Louisville, KY, he was the son of the late Gordon Dawson Thurston, the late Loella Stone and his late step-father, Shelby Sone.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Dody; his beloved children: daughter, Suzanne Marie Thurston; and son, James Curtis Thurston, Jr. (Bridget); two beautiful and wonderful grandchildren, Christian Curtis Thurston and Jenavieve Suzanne Thurston; his two brothers, Gene Brady Thurston and Dennis Shelby Stone; aunt, Peggy Koppel; uncle, Lloyd George; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

After high school, he served in the US Marine Corp, then attended school at the University of Florida. After college, he landed his dream job as an Engineer at Kennedy Space Center. His aerospace career lasted 46 years. He worked on the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs and loved everyday of it.

He spent his retirement volunteering at the WarBird Museum in Titusville and restoring computers for children in the Brevard County School System. He loved flying, airplanes, sports cars and his family.

Service will be July 26, 2013 at 3:00pm at Georgianna United Methodist Church, 3925 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL. Entombment will be private and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Georgianna United Methodist Church or The Central Brevard Humane Society.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 26, 2013

James C. Thurston Sr.

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August 5, 2013

The entire Morton family is deeply saddened to learn of Jims passing, our thoughts and prayers are with the Thurston family, Dody, Suzanne, and Curt. Some of my earliest memories as a child in the late 50's was the friendship between our families. As the years have passed and we have moved around the country it was always comforting to know that ours is a lasting friendship. We miss you, Jim

Jeff & Heather Small

July 26, 2013

Dody, Curt and Suzanne, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was a wonderful man. Jeff and Heather Small.

A. Lucille Mol

July 25, 2013

My condolences. I knew Jim from USBI, he was a great person to work with

John Knisley

July 25, 2013

Dody, Suzanne and Curt our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.
John and Toni Knisley

Amy Stone

July 25, 2013

My uncle Jim was one of the sweetest men I've known. Such an amazing role model for me growing up. I love you uncle Jim. Save a seat for me. Love, Amy June

Linda OBryant

July 24, 2013

Dody and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Linda (Bibelhauser) O'Bryant

Tom & Carrie Kramb

July 24, 2013

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Tom and Carrie (George) Kramb

Diane Porter (Koppel)

July 24, 2013

Our thoughts & prayers for the family are coming strong from Kentucky. My cousin Jimmy meant a lot to us as we were going up. Take care of yourself Dody. Love you, Diane

pat livingston

July 24, 2013

Dody and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Pat Livingston

joey dyson

July 24, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.