Jimmy Charles Thomaston, 80, of Opelika, Alabama, was called peacefully from his earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 14, 2024. Born in Opelika on Feb. 4, 1944, to Jim and Gladys Thomaston, he had many cherished memories growing up in Pepperell and being a part of “Pepperell Kids”. Jimmy lived a life full of dedication and kindness to others.  He devoted many years of his career to Auburn University’s Facilities Management Department. His friendly demeanor and sense of humor left a lasting impression on all who worked alongside him.

Outside of his professional life, Jimmy was a man of simple pleasures.  In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved being outside, reading a good book, and studying the Bible. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Opelika and the Berry Dudley Sunday School class for many years.  His favorite pastime in the fall was watching his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Jim Thomaston and Gladys Hyatt Thomaston.

Jimmy is survived by his cherished wife, Sanda Kay Thomaston; his stepson Walt Taylor (Sandra) of Opelika; and grandchildren Walton Taylor (Jeralisse) of Warner Robins, Georgia; Sara Kate Taylor of Montgomery; Will Taylor of Opelika and great-grandson Nathan of Warner Robins, Georgia; all of whom he loved dearly.  “Poppy” will be sorely missed but lovingly remembered by his sweet family and friends.  His desire to help others was second only to his Lord Jesus Christ and his family.

The family invites friends and loved ones to pay their respects at the visitation on Feb. 18, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Pepperell Baptist Church, followed by the celebration of life at 3:00 pm. Jimmy will be celebrated and remembered as we gather in the community that meant so much to him.  Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice in Jimmy’s memory.