Elvis Gordon Thurman


Elvis Gordon Thurman of Granbury, 82, passed away in on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Granbury.

A memorial visitation is scheduled at Wiley’s Funeral home on Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be at Shain Memorial Cemetery in Fisk, Mo.

Mr. Thurman was born Jan 17, 1930 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. to Martin and Julia Thurman. He graduated from Fisk High School where he was the catcher on the baseball team.

After serving four years as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War, he returned to St. Louis working for Lee American Freightways where he met and married Syna Rae “Sandy” Kennon.

In 1971 Elvis was transferred to Dallas with East Texas Motor Freight where he and Sandy were active members of the Waterview Church of Christ. Then in 1982 he was transferred to Fort Smith, Ark. with Arkansas Best Freight until his retirement in 1994. Many of his employees describe him as the best boss they ever had and that he would always take the heat for them. He served as an elder at the Westark and Valleyview Churches of Christ.

Elvis enjoyed fishing and golfing, having qualified to represent Arkansas in the National Senior Olympics in golf. He enjoyed keeping his mind sharp working daily crossword puzzles.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, his parents, brothers Rowe, Bob, Vernon and sister Mary June Galey as well as his 13-year-old English bulldog, Big Boy.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan and husband Craig of Granbury, girlfriend, Jean Harris of Granbury and grandson, Conrad Meyer of Denton.

Arrangements were by Wiley Funeral Home.