|The Reverend Jimmie D. Thames
|June 13, 1930 - April 6, 2015
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 half-sister Celinda Jewel
Jimmie graduated from the College of the Ozarks (Clarksville, Arkansas) 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, Arkansas; Sallisaw, Oklahoma; Breckenridge, Texas;
Vernon, Texas; Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and Jacksonville, Arkansas. 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 1979. After Laura’s death, he married Ailene M.
Rushing. When he and Ailene retired, they lived in Pangburn, Rogers and
Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2014 they moved to Mirabella Assisted Living in Fort
Worth, Texas. Ailene and Jimmie were married for 35 years until her death in
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, Arkansas,
Larry Rushing and wife Lorraine of Helotes, Texas, Alan Thames and wife Judy of
Indianapolis, Indiana, Richard Thames of Springdale, Arkansas, Jeff Thames and
wife Angela of Springdale, Arkansas
And by his grandchildren, Jennnifer Rushing Mulero of New Braunfels, Texa,
Anna Thames Noel and husband Adam of Terre Haute, Indiana, Callie Thames of
Greenwood, Indiana, Jonathan Thames and wife Jessica of Maumelle, Arkansas ,
Sarah Thames Kern and husband Bryan of Columbus, Ohio, Andrew Thames of
Conway, Arkansas, Laura and Hannah Allcon of Benbrook, Texas, John Saladino
and wife Erika of Newport Beach, California, 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, Arkansas, Ava Faith Mulero of
New Braunfels, Texas, 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, Arkansas on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Stockdale-Moody
Funeral Services Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Friends of both are welcome to greet the
family beginning at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jimmie’s memory may be made to:
University of the Ozarks
Jimmie D. Thames Memorial
ATTN: Lori McBee
415 N. College Avenue
Clarksville, AR 72830
To Alan and the rest of the Thames family, I won't be present except in spirit for
the services, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. While you rejoice in the
promise of life eternal, there is still loss at the temporal void they've left behind.
I'm honored to make a donation to our shared alma mater in his name.
In Christ, Mali Dahl
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a very special person. I remember
when we were in college, Alan, he always made me feel like a part of your family
when they visited campus. God bless you all at this difficult time.
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