HERNANDO — The memorial service for Sam O. Thurmond, 69, will be at 11 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 15 with visitation starting at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of Hernando United Methodist Church. Another memorial service will be held in Winterville, Ga. at a later date. Thurmond died Dec. 10 at home from complications of a brain tumor. He was the oldest child of Sam Thurmond Sr. and Carol Cooper Thurmond. He graduated from Athens High School in Athens, Ga., attended the University of Ga. He then enlisted in the Navy. After completing his enlistment he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Panama City, Fla. where he completed his business degree. With the FAA, he had assignments in Panama Canal Zone, Gulfport and Chattanooga, Tenn. He retired to Memphis after 42 years of civil service. He was active in each location in the Methodist church, Scouts and youth and church league ball. He leaves his wife of 48 years, Glenda Meyer Thurmond; three children, Lisa Pettis (Ernie) of Ocean Springs; Greg of Memphis and Laurie of Norcross, Ga.; grandchildren, Ethan and Rosalie Pettis; two sisters of Rosewill, Ga., Linda Cooper (Nelson), Cathy; brother, Randall of Athens; two nephews, Adam and Zack Cooper.
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