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THORNTON, JAMES (JIMMY RAYE) - age 67, of Knoxville, Tennessee, formerly of Rex, Georgia, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. He was a member of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville. Before his retirement in 2009, he was a safety and health advisor for 42 years with Georgia Power Company. Jim was a dedicated Vol fan and his passion for the Vols was shared with his two children, Travis and Traci, from the time they were born. His wife, Charlotte, whom he loved dearly, knew from day one that come the Fall, at kick off time, she was always second. With that being said, Jim was a true family man and knew no stranger. He was preceded in death by his mother, Earlene Walls Thornton; sister, Deborah Thornton. Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Charlotte Singleton Thornton; children, Travis Thornton and wife Ruby, of Locust Grove, Georgia, Traci Thornton, of Knoxville, Tennessee; beloved dog, Roxie; sister, Margie Hightower, of Terrell, Texas; father, Gillis Thornton, of Rockwood, Tennessee; numerous aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends from Max Potential Rehab, especially Jason Martin, Ann Hunt, and Jaydi Hunt. Jim was a loving husband, father, brother, and son. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Church of Knoxville, followed by a visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Jim's name be made to the , 212 S Peters Rd., Ste 106, Knoxville, TN 37923. The family requests that those who come would come dressed casually wearing either orange or anything Tennessee Volunteer related. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Go Vols!!!

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Rose Mortuary - Knoxville
1421 N. BROADWAY  Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 523-2121
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on June 6, 2014
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