James Thornton, 76, passed away at his home in North Platte surrounded by his family on Sept. 18, 2022.

James was born Oct. 7, 1945 in Floydada, Texas to George and Isabell Thornton. He grew up in Omaha where he attended Omaha Public Schools and graduated from Tech High School.

On July 13, 1985, James was united in marriage to Kathy Hardnock at Jefferson City, Mo. They lived in North Platte until moving to Omaha in 2012. James and Kathy had just recently returned to North Platte where they were members of Harvest Christian Fellowship.

James worked as a upholsterer then for Prem Door and Walmart DC, from which he retired. He loved to sing, fish and play volleyball. He played on various leagues at the Rec Center and spent many hours on the water. James especially loved being surrounded by his grandkids.

James is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Amber Thornton of Omaha and Ashley Bush of Cypress, Texas; sisters, Doris Lewis and Shirley Goings of Omaha; grandchildren, Roman, Isiah, Tyja, Dyllan, Za’Kerrionna, Za’Lyiah, Za’Nayah, Zayleionna, Za’Riyah, Za’Renity, Ja’Mari, Ja’Kobe and Ja’Vontae; great-grandson, Roman, Jr.; mother-in-law, Joyce Hardnock of North Platte; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his dad and stepmom, George and Willa Mae Thornton; mother and stepfather, Isabell and James Morehead; father-in-law, Robert Hardnock; brother, George, Jr. and sister, Ruby Thornton; daughters, Stacey Gonzalez and Rylee Thornton; and grandchild, Destin-2B Thornton.

Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Visitation is prior to services at the church. Cremation will follow the service. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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