Jimmy Arnold Thornton, 72 of the Spring Bank Community, Chatom, AL, went to his Lord on 2/12/2018, at his home on Thornton Rd. Jimmy was born January 31, 1946, just across the field from his present home to Thelma Odette Becton and Ernest Elvin Thornton. He had 3 brothers, Ernest Elvin Jr. "Buddy" (Peggy Lowery), Robert Cleo "Bobby" (Peggy Poole), and Billy Norris (Regina Fergurson) Thornton, 2 sisters, Thelma Voncille (Howard) Brown and Deloris (Rufus) Blount. Only Billy, Delores and "Bobby's Peggy" are still with us. The rest are rejoicing now that their baby brother is with them again.
He attended school and graduated from Washington County, Chatom, AL. His best friend through all those years and till the end was James Rudolph Thompson.
After graduation, Jimmy left for the Air Force and served from 1964 to 1968, during the Vietnam War. Then later he joined the National Guard. He became an EMT and went to Bishop State College. He was a Mason and Shriner.
He was married to Brenda Faye Polensky of El Campo, Texas and together they have 3 sons, Carl Shane (Angie Howard), Joe Roy and Jimmy Arnold II (Pam Waugh). Jimmy and Brenda were blessed with 7 grandchildren, Lucas Thornton, Ross (Jessica) Horton, Maycie (Hunter) Warr, Stephanie Feagin, Zachary Thornton, Kendall Thornton, and Cara Thornton, he loved them all so much. He also had a host of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. He always looked forward to Christmas and watching all the fun. He waited till the day after Christmas to go to the doctor just for that reason.
Jimmy had many friends and said many times that "If you have friends you're a rich man." He was rich. Something else he always said was that he did some little something every day that he enjoyed. It might not mean much to anyone else but it did to him.
Jimmy was a self-employed exterminator. He was a member of Spring Bank Baptist Church where he first learned to walk. He loved to spend time at his camp, hunting, fishing, and reading. He loved that camp.
Jimmy was a strong man and told us he was ready, so don't grieve for him, he is in a much better place and looking down on us now.
Pallbearers ~ Lucas Thornton, Hunter Warr, Tyler Smith, Ross Horton, Zachary Thornton, Kendall Thornton
Honorary Pallbearers ~ Melvin Dees, Wayne Blackwell, Mike Onderdonk, John Ray McDowell, Eric Rainwaters
Graveside Services will be Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 4:00 PM at Springbank Baptist Church. Bro. Ricky Revette will be officiating with St. Stephens Funeral Home directing.
Time has taken me from you,
Although not very far.
I'll be watching through the sunshine
And through the brightest star.
I'll be watching all of you,
From the heavens up above.
So take good care of each other
And carry all my love.
If you're ever wondering
If I'm there, here's where you can start.
Take a look inside yourself
Deep within your heart.
I'll always be your Daddy,
Your Pabst, your Love and Best Friend.
So anytime you need me,
Close your eyes I'm back again.