James Thornburg

James R. “Pinky” Thornburg, 87, of  Shelbyville, passed away April 30, 2017 at MHP Medical Center.

Born July 9, 1929 in Decatur County, he was the son of Russell and Ethel (Wiley) Thornburg.

He married Deloris (Bennett) Thornburg on June 25, 1949 and she passed away on December 21, 1994.

He then married Patricia M. Close on August 28, 1999 and passed  on February 6, 2010.

Survivors include children- Alvin Thornburg (wife Kathy) of Dublin, Ohio, Danny “Smokey” Thornburg of Shelbyville, Jamey Thornburg of Shelbyville, Diane Baldwin (husband Dan) of St. Paul, Nancy Hawkins (husband Brian) of Jasper; sister Evelyn Remmler of Indianapolis, 7 grandchildren- Brad, Travis, Mark, Aaron, Samantha, Daniel, & Nick; 3 great grandchildren- Emily, Noelle, & Maxwell.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 spouses, brothers- Charles and Max Thornburg, and special friend Evelyn Anderson.

Mr. Thornburg lived in Shelbyville since 1971, after moving from St. Paul where he lived for 42 years.

He was a self employed farmer and owned Thornburg Concessions for 40 years, retiring in 2006. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1947.

Pinky was a very casual person, and had requested that friends and acquaintances attend his visitation in casual “come as you are” attire.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with visitation there on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 4-8:00 p.m.  Pastor Dawn Barnes will officiate.

Burial will be Union Chapel Cemetery in Decatur County. Memorials can be made to Union Chapel Cemetery Fund in care of the funeral home.

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amy thurston wrote on May 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm:
Condolences to the family. Pinky was such a warm and loving man throughout my life, and I will always remember his smile and jokes. He was a hard worker and taught us all the value in that. He was always a very good friend.
Karen Hoyt wrote on May 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm:
Pinky was a wonderful man. Very kind and easy going. He Graduated with my Mom and they were friends. Heard lots of great stories. Prayers and heart felt thoughts go out to the family.
Mike Hirschauer wrote on May 2, 2017 at 10:08 pm:
Thornburg Family I am so sorry to hear about Pinky he was a good friend to me. I will always remember him at the Shelby Co Fair he will be missed. Rest in peace Pinky