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ROGERS, Ark. – The Rev. Jimmie D. Thames, 84, claimed the Resurrection on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Fort Worth. He was born June 13, 1930, to Samuel Delano Thames and Callie Josephine (Holcomb) Thames in Wichita Falls, Texas. He had one brother, Troy Taylor Thames, as well as half-brothers, Steele, Orion, Denzel, Cotton, Glover, and Dewey Thames, and one sister, Celinda Jewel Thames Mackechney. Jimmie graduated from the College of the Ozarks (Clarksville, Ark.) in 1953 and from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa) in 1956. He was an ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served congregations in Gravette, Ark.; Sallisaw; Breckenridge, Texas; Vernon, Texas; Tahlequah; and Jacksonville, Ark. In retirement, he continued to serve several congregations in Arkansas and Texas as an interim pastor. Throughout his ministry he was always active in the life of the connectional Church, serving on the Committee on Ministry in every presbytery of which he was a member. He married his college sweetheart, Laura Anne Self, and they had four children: Taylor Alan, Richard Lee, Jeffery Donald, and Elizabeth Anne. They were married for 26 years until her death in 1978. After Laura’s death, he married Ailene M. Rushing. When he and Ailene retired, they lived in Pangburn, Rogers and Bentonville, Ark.. In 2014, they moved to Mirabella Assisted Living in Fort Worth, Texas. Ailene and Jimmie were married for 35 years until her death in 2014. Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Callie Thames; all of his siblings; and Laura Thames and Ailene Thames. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Thames Allcon and husband Cliff of Benbrook, Texas, Lana Rushing Riley and husband Al of Rogers, Ark., Larry Rushing and wife Lorraine of Helotes, Texas, Alan Thames and wife Judy of Indianapolis, Ind., Richard Thames of Springdale, Ark., and Jeff Thames and wife Angela of Springdale, Ark.; and by his grandchildren, Jennifer Rushing Mulero of New Braunfels, Texas, Anna Thames Noel and husband Adam of Terre Haute, Ind., Callie Thames of Greenwood, Ind., Jonathan Thames and wife Jessica of Maumelle, Ark., Sarah Thames Kern of Columbus, Ohio, Andrew Thames of Conway, Ark., Laura and Hannah Allcon of Benbrook, Texas, John Saladino and wife Erika of Newport Beach, Calif., Paul Saladino and wife Amanda of Houston, Texas, Christopher Saladino of Cedar Park, Texas, Nicholas Riley and wife Taylor of Giddings, Texas; and by his great-grandchildren, Ella Claire and Jack Dawson Thames of Maumelle, Ark., Ava Faith Mulero of New Braunfels, Texas, and Syvannah and Delilah Riley of Giddings, Texas. A joint memorial service for both Jimmie D. Thames and Ailene M. Thames will be held in Rogers, Ark. on Saturday, April 18, at the Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services Chapel at 11 a.m. Friends of both are welcome to greet the family beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Published on  April 16, 2015
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