The Thurmon Family
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Family History
Mary Ruth



Roy B 


November 4, 1914


Married Venice Sweet on November 21, 1936

Roy and Venice were married 78 years!


Happy 100th Birthday Roy!!

November 4, 2014


Venice Catherine Sweet Thurmon
(January 09, 1916 - November 23, 2014 )

Venice Sweet Thurmon, 98, of Dyersburg, passed away on Sunday,
November 23, 2014 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.
She was a homemaker and a member of The Seventh-day Adventist
Church. She and her husband celebrated their 78th wedding
anniversary on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at The
Seventh-day Adventist Church with James Gilley officiating.
Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family will receive visitors from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Survivors include her husband, Roy B. Thurmon of Dyersburg; a
daughter, Camille T. Gilley and husband, Jim, of Thompsonville, IL; a
daughter-in-law, Judy Thurmond of Dyersburg; eight grandchildren,
James Gilley, Jr., Mary Ann Krueger, John T. Gilley, Amy Bearman,
Lara Thurmond, Stephen Thurmond, Amber Carlson and Jonathan
Thurmond; fourteen great-grandchildren; and four nephews Rod
Sweet, Tom Sweet, Alan Sweet and Dale Sweet.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Earl Thurmond; her
parents, E.H. and Willie Maloy Sweet; and two brothers, James Sweet
and Ewell Sweet.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Precious words from Steve  "It is with a sad heart that I have to say my grandmother, Venice Catherine Sweet/Thurmon, passed away this evening at 10:45 from complications of a stroke.

She lived a wonderful life of 98 years and just yesterday celebrated 78 years of marriage to my grandfather. She will be missed by many."

Sweet words from Amber

The word grand is in grandparents for a reason. My grandmother passed away lastnight. She was 98 to which 78 of them were with her sweetheart, my granddad who just celebrated his 100th on Nov. 4th.
She taught me how to make the best Granola ever (friends can vouch), told me a secret technique when I make bread. She helped me hide in the blueberry bush and pick blueberries to avoid riding the horse. She was simple, pure, so loving, petite, soft and the smell of oil of olay when I would kiss her on the cheek, I will never forget.




Roy and Venice - July 09, 2013

What a beautiful story about two beautiful people!  This was in the Dyersburg State Gazette "She" magazine for winter 2012.

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James Earl (8/25/1943) married to (Judy Conner from Ardmore, Alabama)
James Earl Thurmond

Memorial services for Mr. James Earl Thurmond, age 71, were held at 11 am Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Dyersburg Seventh Day Adventist Church with Elder James W. Gilley officiating.
Mr. Thurmond died Monday, September 1, 2014 at his home in Dyersburg.
He was born to Roy B. Thurmond and Venice Sweet Thurmond in Tampa, FL. Mr. Thurmond was a minister for 36 years with the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was very involved in mission work and youth ministries.
Mr. Thurmond is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy Thurmond of Dyersburg; parents, Roy B. and Venice Thurmond; children, Lara Thurmond of Corpus Christie, TX, Stephen Conner Thurmond and wife Jen of Nashville, TN, Amber Beth Carlson and husband Chris of Nashville, TN, Jonathan Glenn Thurmond and wife Angela of Burleson, TX; grandchildren, Trista and Sadie Carlson, Parks Tucker Thurmond; sister, Camille Gilley and husband Jim of Thompsonville, IL; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

  •           Lara Camille (10/04/1974)


  •          Stephen Conner (01/12/1976)


  •          Amber Beth (02/09/1978)  Married to Christopher Carlson

                        Sadie Glynn (12/15/2008) in Hendersonville, TN

                            Trista Lee (12/15/2008) in Hendersonville, TN


  •         Jonathan Glenn (04/10/1984)  Married to Angela Alborg

                           Parks Tucker (10/06/2011) in Burleson, TX



Camille (          ) married to  (Jim Gilley)

  •         Maryann Krueger (Kirk)







Certificate of legal name change for James Earl Thurmon's family back to Thurmond



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James and Judy's Family








Camille and Jim's Family





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