George William Thurmond, age 82, of Rabun Gap, passed away surrounded by his family, on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
William is survived by his wife of 55 years Lula Jo; four daughters, Teresa Gentry (John) of Cartersville; Sheri Hooper (Mike) of Clayton; and Sandra Thurmond and Laura Thurmond of Rabun Gap; two grandchildren, Will Gentry of Atlanta and Eryn Gentry of Cartersville; brother-in-law Tom Pressley; and sister-in-law Gail Thurmond. Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive.
His parents Clarence and Ann Thurmond, his sister Annette Pressley, and his brother Harold Thurmond preceded him in death.
William was a lifelong member of Wolffork Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacons, was a member of the House and Grounds Committee, was a trustee, and in years past taught Royal Ambassadors.
He was a graduate of the 1959 class of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. He earned the American Farmer Degree, the highest achievement in FFA.
Farming, bluegrass gospel music, and storytelling were close to his heart. He grew up as the son of dairy farmers, learned how to play the mandolin after his retirement, regularly attended Saturday night bluegrass singings, and told stories with specific dates about his teenage escapades and his life over the years.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 6 at Wolffork Baptist Church in Rabun Gap. Visitation will be held from 12 - 2 p.m., and the funeral will be held at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the local Future Farmers of America Alumni, c/o Rabun County High School, 230 Wildcat Hill Drive, Clayton, GA 30525.
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.
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