|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1909|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1988|
Thanks to Sandra Burleson for the photo of Floyd's tombstone.
Caption under photo printed in the Kaufman Herald newspaper on Feb. 11, 1971:
Photo by Edward Cave
Floyd Thurman stands by the card catalogue he purchased for the Kaufman County Library. This card catalogue was a very necessary and expensive item--absolutely essential to the operation of the Library.
Floyd was the 8th child of John & Hettie (Stansell) Thurman.
His life was truly impressive as shown by his obituary printed in the Kaufman Herald on Jan. 28, 1988.
Grave side services were held Monday for Floyd Thurman at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Interment was directed by Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home of Kaufman.
Floyd was born April 4, 1909, in Cisco, the son of John Crockett and Hettie (Stincil) Thurman. He died on Jan. 15 at his residence.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in Presbyterian Chapel of Kaufman. Floyd was reared in Cisco and attended public schools there. He attended Cisco Junior College for two years before enrolling at Texas A & M University. He graduated from the university in 1934 with his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. While at A&M, he won a contest in the agriculture department that took him to Japan to judge a cotton exhibition.
In 1935, he moved to Kaufman County and joined the Scurry-Rossner school system, where he taught for a year. He then moved to Kaufman High School and taught vocational agriculture.
In the fall of 1938, he sponsored and furnished a home for 16 county students to live in while attending A&M University. He then asked for a leave of absence and went to Ames, Iowa, where he obtained his Masters Degree in American Farming. After earning his masters, he returned to Kaufman and resumed teaching.
In 1842, he joined the Navy during World War II and served three years. He returned to Kaufman in 1945, and took a job with the Veteran's Administration at the old CC Camp and taught agriculture and welding. Later, he bought a farm south of town and returned to teaching at Kaufman High School until his retirement in 1957. He remained active in the community at this time.
He and his students won many honors during his lifetime. The one he prided most, said friends, was a win in the state contest in Future Farmers of America Milk Products, which took him and his team of three Kaufman High students to Waterloo, Iowa, and the final competition. The team won a gold emblem award in Iowa, and was the only team from Kaufman High School to receive national honors.
He was a board member for a number of years at the Kaufman County Library, and donated a complete set of Merit Badge Books for Boy Scouts to the library. He also made several large cash donations towards the library building fund. He was involved in Boy Scouts for 20 years. He worked with Troop No. 332 and was assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 337 for five to six years. He built a house on his land and donated this along with uniforms for boys that were unable to buy for themselves.
He was a member at large for 47 years in the Lion Club where he served as secretary for a number of years. He was instrumental in building ? ? used by children today, said club members. For 15 years, he mowed and maintained the fields and ran the concession stands. He devoted much work to grafting pecan trees in the area and trimming fruit trees for friends. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church."
John Crockett Thurman (1859 - 1931)
Hattie Delonia Stansell Thurman (1874 - 1957)
Edward F Thurman (1893 - 1960)*
Wayne D Thurman (1896 - 1968)*
Josephine Thurman (1898 - 1937)*
Emmet O Thurman (1900 - 1903)*
Willard Thurman (1902 - 1958)*
Harvey Thurman (1904 - 1948)*
Ethyl E Thurman (1906 - 1969)*
Floyd Thurman (1909 - 1988)
James Calvin Thurman (1912 - 1969)*
Robert L. Thurman (1914 - 1966)*
Plot: Lot 104
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Mar 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50120600