John "Johnny" Elbert Thombleson II

December 11, 1951May 1, 2019

Johnny was born December 11, 1951 in Washington D.C. to John I and Rosemary Thombleson. A few years later the family relocated to Jacksonville, FL where he grew up and married his high school sweetheart Gwendolyn Kay Smith. He was then drafted after high school and became a combat engineer and electrician for Vietnam and receive an honorable discharge for that campaign. Johnny was passionate about surfing and has even traveled to Puerto Rico and Hawaii just to surf some amazing waves. He even owned a surf shop (Arro) located in Atlantic Beach, FL. Other passions of his were photography and working on and restoring antique cars especially Porches and Volkswagens

He was an active member of the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local #477 and also the North Region Executive Board Representative. He was a talented scenic artist, prop prepper, set dresser and designer. He has worked with some of the best in the industry whether in feature films, TV series, or commercials.

Our beloved son and brother Johnny passed away at the age of 67 on May 1, 2019 with his loving wife Gwendolyn Kay (Smith) Thombleson of 47 years. He will be greatly missed by many near and far for his personality and infectious humor that left many with a smile or a laugh. He is survived by his parents John Elbert Thombleson I and Rosemary (Ballow) Thombleson, his brother Jay Edward Thombleson, his sister Jennifer (Thombleson) Reid, as well as, many friends and family. For service information please contact the family members.


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John "Johnny" Elbert Thombleson II

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Doug Peters

May 14, 2019

Well Johnny, although we lost touch many years ago I still remember our friendship as youngsters. We were at the front edge of the surfing craze in the late 60s in Jacksonville. Strange how lives drift apart but stay together. I’ll see you again one day, when it’s my turn to take the stairway. See ya soon buddy.
Peace be with you. Doug

Sherry Huckaby

May 13, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Johnny and Gwen's family. Johnny and I were in many classes together in junior high and also Englewood. He was always so kind, funny and true gentleman. I will always remember his sense of humor and sitting behind me in Algebra class . The Class of 70' lost two loved classmates. May they RIP!

Jane Johnson

May 8, 2019

This is heartbreaking. I had the pleasure of working with John. His smile is what I'm left with. And I am grateful for that gift. May the friends and family of both John and his wife find comfort in memory and the ties that bind.

Robin Jones-Kaupas

May 7, 2019

My sincere Deepest Sympathies to The Thombelson family. My family were next door neighbors on Goltare Dr , many fond memories. Johnny reminded me of my late brother Randi ... fun , loving , out going. Johnny you will be missed. RIP, God has you now. 🙏