Deceased Information


    Jim Thornton

  • AGE



    Tuesday, December 20, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Wednesday, December 28, 2022


    10:30 AM





    Jim Thornton’s life does not end with his death. Jim passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 20, 2022 at the age of 78 and is lovingly remembered by Jill, his wife of 51 years, and his three children.

    After a young life traveling the world with a military family, followed by many exciting years in Athens, Georgia, including graduating from Athens High School and the University of Georgia, Jim married Jill. They settled down in Chicago for a decade before returning to the warmth of Atlanta for the last 40 years.

    Jim’s legacy is one of building. He loved creating both the physical and the metaphysical and leaves behind home renovations across Atlanta, a deeply connected marriage, loving memories with his children as a devoted father, and a deep belief in the spiritual and sacred geometry interconnections of all things. Jim’s lifelong friends will miss him and remember his avid support of UGA football and Braves baseball. Jim never met a stranger, only friends he hadn’t yet met. 

    If the measure of a man is his life lived, Jim would certainly have said to measure it twice and cut just once.  

    James William Thornton of Atlanta, Georgia is survived by his wife Jill and their son Bryan, daughters Stephanie and Lauren, and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at 10:30 am at Crest Lawn Memorial Park (2000 Marietta Blvd NW Atlanta 30018). In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who can to please make a donation to The Zaban Paradies Center, a local charity where Jim often volunteered. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care 770-451-4999


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  • Ilene Zier

    Dear Jill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Do know I am thinking of you.

  • Lynn B Friedman

    To Jill and family, So sorry for your loss. While I missed the opportunity to know him personally, just reading your tribute to him, including his joy in life and service to others, was an inspiration. May you find comfort with each other and in your wonderful memories as you face this loss.

  • Marion Jablon Cohen

    Jill, I am so sorry for your and your family's loss. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you at time time.

  • Robyn and Ed Gerson

    Dear Jill: We were deeply sorry to learn this news and send our heartfelt thoughts to you and your family. Our deepest condolences with love, Robyn (Spizman) and Ed Gerson

  • Janet Selig

    Dear Jill, I am thinking about you and your family. May Jim’s love and the wonderful memories all of you made together keep you strong Janet Selig

  • Bobbi wilson

    Jill, I'm so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Sending prayers and strength to you and your family. Bobbi (Macher) Wilson

  • Philip and Susanne Karlick

    Jill and kids… so sorry about Jim’s passing. Thought he was so cool while we all were so involved with bbyo. Your memories of Jim are a blessing

  • Jay Levitt

    Dear Jill and Family, It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved spouse or Dad. Jim was such a delightful person - he was an incredible builder of both physical and metaphysical things that effect us all. May you all be blessed by the memories and love that he shared with you all. All of the Levitt Family know that he will be greeted with open arms when he arrives in Heaven.

  • Barbara Scheer-Eason

    May his memory be for a blessing. Sending my love to Jill and the family.

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