James O. "Jim" Thornton, 87, of Hannibal, Missouri, and formerly of Racine, WI, passed away at 1:07 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Hannibal, MO. Pastor Jason Young will officiate and Pastor Mark Burkey will assist.
Friends and Family are invited to Jim's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at the church.
Graveside Services and Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Kansas.
The family is being served by the James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal, MO.
Jim was born April 21, 1932, in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to Niol Orris Thornton and Emma Mae Cummings Thornton.
He was married to Dolores French on October 24, 1954, in Mattoon, Illinois. She survives.
Other survivors include 1 son, Dr. James L. Thornton (Sandy) of Hannibal, MO, 2 grandchildren, Kelsi Brooke Pio (Jeff) of Wellsville, KS and Brittany Ann Jonker (Brad) of Gardner, KS and 5 great grandchildren, Weston Pio, Brooklyn Pio, Casen Pio, Harlee Jonker and Regan Jonker.
He is also survived by 1 brother, Rev. Devere Thornton (Diana) of Chili, WI and 1 sister, Flora Packard of Crandon, WI and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, Emma Wilson and 1 infant grandchild.
Jim was a pastor for over 42 years. Jim served churches in Waukesha, WI, Mauston/Necedah, WI, Mattoon, WI, Ottawa, KS, Mound City, MO, Burr Oak, KS and finally as an Associate Pastor at the Hannibal First Church of the Nazarene.
A talented carpenter, Jim loved to build and in fact he even built one of the churches he pastored in and also remodeled several others. Mechanically inclined, Jim earned money in his college years fixing his fellow students’ cars and later in life enjoyed tinkering on old tractors as a hobby. Most of all Jim cherished his family. He always enjoyed the moments that they shared together.
He attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Hannibal, MO.
Pallbearers will be Bob Borgmeyer, John Locke, Jeff Muehring, Brian Campbell, Ernie Cook and Bill Brooks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Pio, Brad Jonker, Mike Newson, Gordon Farabee, Ed Grant and Cedric Richardson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid America Nazarene University Thornton Family Scholarship.