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.