James Thornton

James Franklin "Jim" Thornton

Tuesday, June 14th, 1938 - Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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James Franklin “Jim” Thornton, 82, of Palatka, passed from this life on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following an extended illness. He was a native of Indianapolis, IN and had lived in Putnam County since 1979 coming from Miami. He was a veteran of the US Army. Jim, aka “Red”, worked as a cable splicer for Florida Power & Light, and retired in 1993 after 34 years of service. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed coaching soccer when his children were young. He was a member of Bassmasters and was a part of the 1986 State Champion team. Jim loved anything on the water and has traveled by sea from the Florida Keys to Baltimore, Maryland. Jim was also known as the in-house “Handyman” with A Women’s Resource Center in Palatka. Jim was also a member of Peniel Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Thornton of Palatka, son, James F. Thornton, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, daughter, Kelly L. Goldsborough of Annapolis, MD, sister, Camilla Bonner of Dunnellon, and 2 grandchildren, Darren and Dillon Goldsborough.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Peniel Baptist Church with Bro. Benny Reynolds officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday beginning at 12:00 p.m. until time of services.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, or memorial donations may be made to A Woman’s Resource Center, P. O. Box 811, Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at James’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Peniel Baptist Church
    5227 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 1:00pm
    Peniel Baptist Church
    5227 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bro. Benny Reynolds


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Vincent Tubman

Posted at 05:23pm
I remember working with Jim when we were both cable splicers for FPL. He and Shirley are wonderful couple to know. Jim loved his fishing and as we worked together this was his favorite subject to talk about. Jim "Red" is going to be missed by any of us that had the privilege of knowing, working and socializing with him. Our condolences to Shirley and the entire family.

Vince Tubman & Claire Parson, Ocala, Fl.

Terry Clark

Posted at 10:14am
I remember Jim as a man who loved his God, his family, and his country. He also loved the little dogs in his family, often with one on his lap or right beside him. He was very industrious -- helping with his handyman skills. I'm proud and happy to have known Jim Thornton. - Terry Clark

Ed & Tammie Jarvis

Posted at 10:07am
Our hearts are broken for you, Jimmy, and Kelly. Sending you much love, and prayers. Our deepest sympathy, Ed & Tammie Jarvis
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Kitty Bruce Posted at 01:15am

Praying for all the family. I bet after Jesus hugged him He gave the best fishing gear to Jim! He will be missed so very much.

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