The Thurmon Family
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Family History
Mary Ruth



Hurtle Green


September 21, 1923 - August 24, 2011

Married Beatrice Ligon (October 28, 1923 - November 3, 2009) on June 26, 1943 in Caruthersville, MO
They were married for 66 years!

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Beatrice Ligon Thurmon
(October 28, 1923 - November 3, 2009)


Beatrice Ligon Thurmon, 86, of Obion, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at her residence. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church in Ridgely and a member of Ridgely Jr. Woman's Club.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Dyersburg Funeral Home - Ridgely Chapel with Parks Thurmon and Ray B. Thurmon officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. today at the Ridgely Chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Hurtle G. Thurmon of Obion; three daughters, Pat Thurmon of Obion, June Gaulding of Atoka and Martha Helton of Hazleton, Penn.; a sister, Frances Crook of Franklin; five grandchildren, Troilyn Williams, Rob DeMotsis, Russ DeMotsis, Will Helton and Michael Helton; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Myra Hall Ligon.

Pallbearers will be Rob DeMotsis, Russ DeMotsis, Will Helton, Michael Helton, Nolan Gaulding and Paul Helton.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.



Hurtle Green Thurmon Hurtle Green Thurmon
(September 21, 1923 - August 24, 2011)


Hurtle Green Thurmon of South Bluff Road in Obion County, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2011 at his home. Born September 21, 1923, he was 87.

He was born in rural Obion County, the eighth of twelve children belonging to James Eugene and Ira Wilson Thurmon. Remaining siblings are Roy B. Thurmon, Parks Thurmon and Mary Ruth Hailey, all of Dyersburg and Karen Ziegler of Wichita, KS. His wife of 66 years, Beatrice Ligon Thurmon, preceded him in death in 2009.

Mr. Thurmon was a retired land owner and farmer and served as Chief of Police in Ridgely for 20 years between 1952 and 1972. He was widely known and respected for his work with "Hitler", one of the first K-9 police dogs in Tennessee. Mr. Thurmon was a member of the Ridgely Church of Christ, the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police and The Woodmen of the World.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Ridgely Chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Parks Thurmon officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Lynn Thurmon of Obion, June Catherine Gaulding (Nolan) of Atoka and Martha Helton (Paul) of Hazleton, PA.; grandchildren are, Rob DeMotsis (Mimi) of Memphis, Russ DeMotsis of Atoka, Troilyn Williams of Orlando, FL., Will Helton (Bernadette) and Michael Helton (Sarah), all of Frisco, TX. Great-grandchildren are Mallory Carmichael (Justin) of Ft. Worth, TX, Michael Moss of Olive Branch, MS., Mariana Blair and Shea Crossman (Samantha), all of Orlando, FL. and Jaxon and Jimmy Helton of Frisco, TX. Great-great-grandchildren are James and Logan Carmichael, both of Ft. Worth, TX., Emma and Shea Jr. Crossman and Mekhi Blair, all of Orlando, FL.

Pallbearers will be Paul Helton, Nolan Gaulding, Rob DeMotsis, Russ DeMotsis, Will Helton and Michael Helton. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Shirley, Buford Hopper, Woody Herr, Johnny Inlow and Lee Fry.

The family prefers that any memorials be sent to: Love Worth Finding Ministries, P.O. Box 38300, Memphis, TN 38183-0300 or to the organized charity of your choice.



They are  buried in New Haven Cemetery near Ridgely, TN


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This is where our old home sat.  All that remains is the walnut tree.  Such a beautiful picture by Nadine McCoy of Ridgely.



Patricia Lynn Thurmon -

         Troilyn Williams

                Shea Lynn Crossman (Samantha Quintana)
                            Shea Crossman, Jr.
                            Emma -Lea May Quintana
Mariana Blair
                            Dennis Mekhi Mitchell


June Catherine Thurmon Gaulding-(Nolan)

        George Robert "Rob" DeMotsis - (Mimi)
                        Mallory DeMotsis
                                   James Ezra Carmichael
                                   Logan Carmichael

                        Walter White


        Russell Andrew "Russ" DeMotsis
                        Michael Andrew Moss


        Shannon Gaulding-Rogers - (Greg)
                        Elijah Branham Rogers

                        Ezekiel Spencer Rogers


        Erin Kelly Gaulding - Branham
                        Savannah Rae Gaulding-Branham


Martha Elizabeth Thurmon Helton-(Paul)

            William Abner "Will" Helton - (Bernadette)
                         Jaxon Ashton Helton
James Andrew "Jimmy" Helton


            Michael Douglas Helton - (Sarah)
Levi Greene Helton


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Martha's Family

Baby Levi - born 12/12/14



June's Family



Pat's Family







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