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It is with sadness and fond memory that the family of James Thornberry announces his passing on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Morehead.
He was born June 2, 1916, in Newcombe, to the late Amos and May Thornberry.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Thornberry; his daughter, Wanda (Lowell) Pennington; and his grandson, Byron Cole.
Passing at the age of 101, James lived a full life surrounded by family, friends and fellow members of his church.
Prior to serving his country during World War II, as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, he was a shipyard carpenter in Baltimore, Md., working to build warships. After the war, he returned home and worked as a licensed steamfitter traveling across Kentucky and surrounding states, focused primarily on the construction of power plants. Later in life, he became very involved in his church, devoting himself to its ministries. James was an active member of Hepburn Masonic Lodge 576.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Thelma (Charles) Oney, Jim (Shelba) Thornberry and Della Cole. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Larry Oney, James Oney, Phillip Oney, Jimmy Thornberry, Colette Cole-Mejia, Alex Cole, Elesha Burkhart and Erica Martinez; and two lifelong friends, Edith and Clavis Dickerson.
Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Laurel Gorge Enterprise Baptist Church located on Rocky Brach Road in Sandy Hook.
Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook is in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 19, 2017
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