Larry Donald Thurman

Larry Donald Thurman, 76, of Staley passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Staley.

Mr. Thurman was born in Chatham County on January 3, 1945, the son of Horace Ancel and Mary Ola Davis Thurman.

Larry was of the Baptist Faith. He spent his working years' operating heavy equipment for the NC Department of Transportation, and after retirement was employed at the Carolina Stockyard. Larry was a loving family man and enjoyed spoiling all his grandchildren. You would find Larry working on trucks in his free time, he was an amazing mechanic that could fix anything. In addition to his parents, Larry is preceded in death by his brother, Martin Lavoy Thurman.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane Bray Thurman; sons, Todd Thurman and wife Sonya and their children, Tara Thurman, and Justice Thurman and wife Katherine, Rodney Thurman and wife Tracy and their children, Noah, Mackenna, Elijah, Grayson and Eva Thurman; daughter, Amanda Thurman Brady and husband Chad, and their children, Courtney, Taylor, and Alex Brady; sisters, Dorothy Purvis and husband Joe of Bennett, and Linda Phillips and husband Robert of Siler City; brothers, Earl Thurman of Sanford, and Jerry Thurman and wife Melinda of Silk Hope; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 12:30-2:00 PM at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM in the chapel with Rev. Bob Wachs officiating. Burial will be in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, 416 Vision Dr., Asheboro, NC 27203,

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Thurman family.

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