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James A. Parkinson

Funeral service for James A. Parkinson, 69, of Thornville, was held April 27, 2010, at the Reed- Egan Funeral Home, Newark, with Chaplain Cliff Biggers officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date.

James A. “Jim” Parkinson, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center of Hospice of Central Ohio. He was born on January 9, 1941, to the late Silas “Frank” and Hazel (Irwin) Parkinson.

Jim graduated from Linnwood High School in Jacksontown. Although skilled in many fields, he spent his lifetime working with his first love… horses.

After over 30 years of racing horses, Jim and his wife Sally, built, owned and operated the successful Standardbred operation, Autumn Lane Farm in Thornville. Jim had previously built and developed a farm in Live Oak, Florida and a Training Center in Thornville. Jim was a lifelong professional horseman, riding, training and driving several breeds of racehorses. His biggest success came as he trained and drove Standardbred Racehorses across the United States. He was perennially a leading driver and won many Driving Championships. Jim’s driving average put him as one of Top Ten in the Nation several times. He ended his career with over 1,000 driving wins.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sally (Shaffer) Parkinson, of the home; his sons and daughterin law, Andrew Parkinson of Hebron, Scott and Lisa Parkinson of Somerset, and Aaron Shaffer of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Mace Voehringer of Newark; his wonderful granddaughters, Haley and Emily Voehringer of Newark; his sisters, Elizabeth Hunt of Brownsville, Texas, and Martha Hoskinson of Thornville; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger Parkinson of Thornville, Donald Parkinson of Columbus, Edgar and Jean Parkinson of Newark, Wendell Parkinson of Buckeye Lake, and Tom and Nancy Parkinson of Thornville; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Al and Keri Shaffer of Newark, and Tim and Suzie Dawson of Utica; and his nieces and nephews, Ali, Austin and Tyler Shaffer, and Brandy and Timmy Dawson.

His family would also like to acknowledge the special friendship of the Albert Weaver Family of Danville, and Tommy Kemp for all of their support.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, David Parkinson; and his sisters, Katherine Heck and Evelyn Parkinson.

Jim was a member of The United States Trotting Association and The Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association. Jim loved life on his farm surrounded by his horses and family. Above all, Jim was a loving husband and father. His wonderful easygoing personality and sense of humor will be terribly missed by all.

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