Jack Thompson Turman, 85, of Crystal Springs, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 at Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Visitation is scheduled for 6pm-8pm Thursday, Oct. 2, at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal springs. Services will be held 2pm Friday at Stringer Family Chapel with burial in Old Crystal Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Thurman was born July 5, 1923, in Easterly, Texas, to Ernest and Ruby Thompson Turman. He relocated to the Houston, MS, area following the death of his mother in 1931 and lived there until he entered military services in 1943. Mr. Turman is a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He received an honorable discharge in 1949, following two terms in the military.
After the war, Mr. Turman met Annie Grace Smith of Houston, MS, and the couple was married on August 12, 1950. In 1951, they moved to Raymond, MS, where Mr. Turman attended Hinds Community College; and upon completion of vocational training in 1952, he accepted employment as a welder at Kuhlman Electric Company in Crystal Springs, MS. He retired as a Kuhlman employee in 1989 with 37 years of service in that company. Mr. Turman and his family have been residents of Crystal Springs for the past 56 years. He was a member of Crystal Springs First Baptist Church.
In years of good health, Mr. Turman enjoyed vegetable gardening and working the flea market circuit in the 1970’s and 1980’s with his wife, who displayed and sold her handmade dolls.
Left to cherish Mr. Turman’s memory are his faithful wife of 58 years, Grace; son, Paul W. Turman and wife, Dori, of Kingwood, TX; daughter, Bonnie Pitts and husband, Eldon, of Crystal Springs; granddaughter, Nicki Pitts Chandler and husband, Travis, of Brandon, MS; sister, Louise Harris and husband, Wayne, of Las Cruces, NM; and caregiver and special family friend, Darlene Ingram of Crystal Springs.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother, Wallace Odell Turman, and his stepmother, Willie Mae Clark Turman.
Jack Turman will be missed by those who knew him as a loving husband, father and grandfather; loyal friend; conscientious employees and good American citizen.