Mr. Jim William Thurston of Woodstock, GA. passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Northside Cherokee Hospital following an extended illness. He was 81.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Poole Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jake Webster officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. A private committal for the family only will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.
Mr. Thurston was born in Arlington, South Dakota to the late Marion and Catherine Baer Thurston. Jim was raised on a farm in South Dakota and had a love for animals, he even trained a Badger. Mr. Thurston joined the Navy in 1955 and served his country faithfully for 21 years. Jim met his wife Eleanor in 1961 in Virginia Beach and they married later in 1962 at St. Francis Church in New Jersey. After retirement from the Navy, Jim had several wonderful job opportunities. He later retired from his long term employment with Dornier Med Tech at the age of 72. Jim had several hobbies but his favorite was his love for antique cars. He owned a 1931 Model A which he showed at many antique car shows.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Eleanor Thurston, Woodstock, GA; two daughters, Catherine Thurston (Rudy), Apollo Beach, FL. and Mary Ruth Sorenson (Ken), Canada; one son, James William Thurston, Jr. Jasper, GA; one sister, Sylvia Cody, Texas; 3 grandchildren, Joshua Thurston, Samantha Delli, and Jessica Delli; one great grandchild, Sage Delli;
Online condolences may be made at www.poolefuneralhome.net