Sidney Thurman, 79

Sidney Thurman, 79, of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at his home with his family at his side. He was born in Grenada, Miss. on Sept. 21, 1931 the son of Sidney and Mary (Turner) Thurman. Sidney has been a resident of Three Rivers since 1970, coming from Chicago. He had been employed as a wheelman for the B & O Railroad while in Chicago, and was in the construction business while living here in Three Rivers. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting, fishing, and gardening in his spare time.

Sidney was married to Beatrice Griffin-Hill on Nov. 27, 1966 in Chicago. She survives along with six children, Sidney Thurman, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., Benny Thurman of Little Rock, Ark., Cynthia Phillips of Chicago, Gregory Thurman, Mark Thurman, and Audrey (Brian) Taylor all of Three Rivers; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four sisters, Nellie Pitt of Virginia Beach, Va., Mary Trotter and Jennie Swan both of Los Angeles, Calif., and Rosie Dugar of Chicago; a brother, William McClendon of Blue Springs, Mo.; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sylvia Thurman; two sisters, Julia and Martha; three brothers, Felix Thurman, James Henry Thurman and Robert McClendon.

Cremation has been conducted. A memorial service will be announced later. Memorials may be directed to the family. Assistance was provided by the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel of Three Rivers. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at

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