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Thurman, William (Bill) Larry

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August 6, 1943 - September 17, 2019

Thurman, William (Bill) Larry

William (Bill) Larry Thurman, 76, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  Bill was a gentle loving man adored by many with a great smile and contagious laugh.  He was the “Talker” of the family with an abundance of stories.  His trademark suspenders were known by all and snapped by most ladies he came in contact with – even complete strangers.  He enjoyed playing 42 and chickenfoot; loved hunting and fishing, but mostly enjoyed having his family and friends around him for fellowship and fun.

Bill was a 47-year Master Mason of James A Smith Lodge #395 in Farmers Branch, Texas and Past Master of Rock House Lodge #417 in Hamilton, Texas.  He was also a 32nd degree member of the fraternal orders of Scottish Rite and the Order of the Eastern Star.

He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch and a current member of First Baptist Church in Hamilton.  He was active in the Builders Sunday School Class and also other various activities within the church on a regular basis.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Myron Beery Thurman and Mary Cleo Cox West; stepmother, Dorothy Thurman; sister, Myranell Husung; and his first wife, Wynona Malcom Thurman.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sandra C Thurman, son William M Thurman; daughters – Vanessa Thurman, Shanan Love, and Sheli & Jeff Pugach; grandchildren Brittni Moss and Ben Pugach; brother Clyde Thurman & Lorraine Babb; sisters Linda Newhall, Betty Ann & Oran Ruggles, Claudia & Ben Justus; brother-in-law Frank Husung; numerous cousins; many nieces, nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews and a wealth of friends.

The family will be receiving friends for visitation and viewing on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 13017 William Dodson Pkwy, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Interment will follow at Keenan Cemetery, 2750 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

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Gary Morrison Je

September 22, 2019 9:16AM

Bro Bill it was an honor to have been a part of you and your family. You were always so kind and very thoughtful. We had wonderful times shooting out at your house, hanging out at dads and bbq. You will be greatly missed but always in our hearts and minds. Prayers for Sandy and the kids in this time mourning for our loved one. Bro Bill take care my friend enjoy Heaven till we get there and meet again so we can hear some more stories.
In our hearts-The Morrison’s - Ashley, Gary Jr, Madison, Matthew, Wrangler, and Tanner oh and Skye dog and Heidi

Kevin Malcom

September 21, 2019 12:07PM

Everyone who knew my Uncle Bill always spoke highly of him. We will all miss you dearly. Rest in peace with our Lord and Savior. God Bless

Steve and Yelena Creamer

September 21, 2019 9:28AM

We're so sad for Bill's passing and the sorrow his family and friends feel with his passing. But, we are comforted that his close family and friends surrounded him with care and love. Bill was like a second father to Steve, and we relive many of our shared "stories" frequently. Even though we live far away, Bill has been and will continue to be close by in our minds and in our hearts.

Ed kopilak

September 20, 2019 4:59PM

I had the privilege of working for bill for close to 15 years at kwik kar not soon after moving to texas he wasnt to sure about me cause I was a yankee and had a bad attitude as he told me one day whole we where talking he was by far the best boss I have ever worked for! He will be missed!!

Tammy Bowers Willis

September 20, 2019 4:43PM

My Dad is Glenn Bowers and He may not remember a lot of things, but when I asked him if he remembered Bill his face lit up and he said Oh yes! That Alone tells me that Bill was a very special man. We are both very sorry for your loss.

Richeard & Betty Brumley

September 20, 2019 3:31PM

Sandy and family so very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

Marti Atkerson

September 20, 2019 2:24PM

Such a loss to us all. Bill will be missed greatly. I thank you Bill & Sandra for letting me be your friend

Cecil & P.K. Hale

September 20, 2019 1:41PM

Bill was a good, greatly appreciated friend with whom I shared many common interests including his love of the Hamilton area. Visiting Bill and Sandy at their place on "The Rock Ranch" was a pleasure. Bill will be greatly missed. We offer our prayers and Heartfelt condolences to Sandy and the entire family.


September 20, 2019 12:43PM

I will always remember my Uncle Bill as a kind, fun-loving, tender hearted soul who loved his family. He was a wonderful example of what a man should be. May those who loved him be comforted with precious memories.

Lonnie & Nancy Caldwell

September 20, 2019 11:08AM

We will miss a wonderful friend and neighbor . Love and prayers

Grace Stovall

September 20, 2019 10:05AM

I was so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He will be greatly missed by all who
knew him. Sandy, I send you my fraternal love and sympathy.

Tom Redding

September 19, 2019 11:26PM

Bill was my best friend from when I came to Texas at age 12 until now. 64 years. He was like a brother. I could write a book about the experiences we shared, good and bad, but to keep this manageable I will say only the following. Bill was the best man I have ever known. He truly loved his family, his friends and his dogs. And we all loved him back. His passing leaves a painful void in a lot of hearts.

Kate Reiter

September 19, 2019 10:10PM

Though I'm sad that Bill passed, I am relieved that he was surrounded by his family. He was loved by so many people. I met him when he became friends and neighbors to us in Lewisville. He and Sandy have had a special place in our hearts ever since. He was always quick with a joke, advice or praise as we grew up and he is dearly missed. I know he's scratching Camo's ears and smiling down on us now. Love and prayers to Sandy and his family.

Ruth & Larry Fisher

September 19, 2019 11:20AM

Love and prayers to Bill's family. I started school with Bill in Mrs. Griffin's first grade class in Farmers Branch in 1948/49. Bill was a good man and he will be missed. CHS Class of 1961.