He was a veteran of the United States Army and a graduate of Ooltewah High School Class of 1957, where he was on their first football team.
He was retired from Pioneer Bank after 35 years of service in electrical maintenance. He was the owner of Thurman’s Office Furniture for 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Thurman; father, Charles Fred Thurman; and granddaughter, Brandy Mizell.
He is survived by his mother, Lecil M. Thurman of Ooltewah; three daughters: Ramona Silvers of Cleveland, Mary Nowack and husband, Jim Nowack of Cleveland, and Karen Thurman Goldman and husband, Dr. James Goldman of Chattanooga; seven grandchildren: Hayley Nowack and Angelica Nowack of Toledo, Ohio, and Briggs Goldman, Macallee Goldman, Guess Goldman, Legend Goldman and Scout Goldman, all of Chattanooga; one great-grandchild, Ava Jane Bass of Toledo; one sister, Juanita Beasley and husband, Morris, of Chattanooga; one brother, Edgar Thurman and wife, Dean, of Ooltewah; special friend, Peggy Lackey of Ooltewah; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted today, July 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Dr. James Goldman and Jim Nowack officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Dr. James Goldman, Craig Thurman, Briggs Goldman, Macallee Goldman, Mark Guy and Dale Mull. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, In Memory of Charles Thurman, Erlanger Health System Foundations, 975 East 3rd Street - Suite 508 B, Chattanooga TN 37403.
You are invited to send a message of condolence and view the Thurman family guestbook at www.fikefh.com.