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Obituary: James T. Thayer, Hope

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James T. Thayer, 81, of Hope, died at 4:05 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Thayer retired in 1977 from Cummins Engine Company where he had worked for 23 years. He also owned and operated J.T. Mowing Service and the former Thayer's Hardware, worked at Shelby Bottle Gas for 10 years, and was formerly employed by Ditech and Bradbury's Waterin' Hole.

He was the former official scorekeeper for the Hauser Boys Basketball team for over 20 years and was a member of Hope Baptist Church and Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

James and his wife Shirley opened their home to many of those in need.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Patrick Galligar and Tim Dillingham officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Camon Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Hope Moravian Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the Thayer family and a video tribute may be viewed at

Born in Greensburg, June 22, 1932, James was the son of James Homer and Lillie Mae Hunter Thayer. He married, Shirley E. McKim on May 14, 1952.

Survivors include his wife; children, Michael T. (Lisa) Thayer of Columbus, Rebecca D. (Charles) Humphress of Columbia, KY, Roger (Kelly) Thayer of Hope, and Patricia E. (Thomas) Weber of Taylorsville; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Kenneth Frazee, and two great-grandchildren.

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