Julius W. "Jay" Thornsberry, 80, Batesville, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Heritage Spring Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, West Chester, Ohio.
Born Feb. 16, 1936, in Littcarr, Kentucky, he was the son of Dorothy (Young) and Whitt Thornsberry. He married Mary Flaspohler Aug. 6, 1955, at St. Mary's of the Rock Catholic Church. He worked for Contel/Verizon Phone Co. as a lineman and supervisor for 28 years before retiring in 1990. He was also a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1130 and former member of the Batesville Volunteer Fire Department.
Jay had many interests. He was an avid basketball fan, a longtime league bowler and enjoyed stopping at yard sales, where apparently he couldn't resist bringing home radios and bikes. Jay also liked to go for rides with Mary that usually ended up including a stop or two at car lots along the way.
For many years he helped fry chicken for the church festival and was a big Kentucky fan regardless of the sport. The family also mentioned that he would feed the squirrels on his deck. If they got there before he did, they'd bang on the door to let him know it was feeding time. The kids also teased that dad was an armchair politician and had CNN or Fox News on the television most of the time.
Family, though, was what was most important to him. Jay loved having them around and would have been happy to have everybody under one roof. He enjoyed attending all of his children and grandchildren's activities and sporting events.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Wilma (Joseph) Soular, Julie Day and Mary Jane Harmeyer, Batesville; sons Marv (Deanna), New Palestine, Shorty (Becky), Morris, and Tom (Jill), Batesville; sister Lois Jean Turner, Shelbyville, Kentucky; brother David, Batesville; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son David; sisters Bethel Seals, Nettie Bentley and Ethel Vance; brother Russell Thornsberry; and granddaughter Erin Thornsberry.
Visitation is Saturday, June 4, from 9-11 a.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Batesville Fire and Rescue Department or Ronald McDonald House.
Published on June 2, 2016