Lloyd George (Jack) Thurman
Lloyd George (Jack) Thurman, 96, passed away September 19, 2019, at Jackson VA Nursing in Jackson.
Jack was born December 21, 1923, the son of Marvin L. and Pearl Sullivan Thurman of Silver Creek. Jack married Rita Conn and they lived in Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; his parents; his brother, Charles Edward (Pete) Thurman, and a companion of many years, Mary Logan.
He is survived by cousins Sybil Thurman of New Hebron and Steve Cliburn, Jr. of Silver Creek, and also by close neighbors and friends, Kent and Janie Cliburn of Silver Creek.
Jack was a WWII veteran, serving in the Navy. He served on a destroyer escort in the South Pacific and Philippines, also making a trip to Italy. He was a radio operator in the war. Following the war, he was a transmitter operator at WSLI radio station, and also later at WJTV in Jackson for 27 years.
When he retired, he moved back home to Silver Creek, taking part in community and church activities.
Some highlights of Jack’s life include when he was younger, and he and his brother, Pete, played musical instruments. Jack played the fiddle, and his brother, Pete, played the mandolin. They, along with local boys, formed a band and entered and won contests all over the state.
Also, another highlight of Jack’s life was to be able to take the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor flight, taking WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to view the WWII memorial, along with other memorials and the Arlington National Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held for Jack Thurman on October 8, 2019, at New Hebron Baptist Church, where Jack was a member.