Dennis Von Thurman, 67, of Lacey passed away November 25, 2013 at his home in Lacey.
He was born October 24, 1946 in Lacey and was the son of the late Cecil Thurman and Margie Mhoon Thurman.
He was a retired school teacher, member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, member of the Flat Creek Cemetery Committee and was an avid sportsman, deer hunter, turkey hunter and fisherman. Dennis was very instrumental in helping organize the Lacey/Ladelle Volunteer Fire Department where he was a trained fireman and was their vice-president until his death.
He was a 1964 graduate of Drew Central High School and a 1969 graduate of Arkansas A&M College (now UAM) where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a double major in Physical Education/Biology. He was also a member of Phi Lambda Chi fraternity. In 1974, after teaching five years at Desha Central in Rohwer, he began his career at Drew Central teaching elementary physical education and physical science at Drew Central. He then became a biology/human anatomy instructor for many years. Dennis retired from Drew Central Schools after 35 years of service.
He was also very active in his church where he loved to teach the 2nd and 3rd grade Vacation Bible School classes. During his tenure at Drew Central, Dennis was the recipient of many awards. In 1990, he was named Drew Central Teacher of the Year and in 2007 received the Drew Central Master Educator Award. He also received the Drew Central Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Edith White Thurman of Lacey; two daughters, Denise Thurman Sturmer (Ed) and Debra Thurman Kirchoff (Scott Hayes) all of Stuttgart; three brothers, Larry Thurman of New Hope, DeWayne Thurman and wife, Judy of Crossett and Curtis Thurman of Rohwer; three grandchildren, Tristan, Trace and Darah Kirchoff; two step grandsons, Adam Johnson and Hunter Hayes; and one great grandson, Aiden Johnson.
Funeral service will be held December 30 at 10 a.m. at the Earl Willis Auditorium on the Drew Central campus in Monticello.