Lila Mae King Thurman, 82, of Crossett, passed away on September 16, 2019.
She was born on February 2, 1937 at Bruno, Arkansas to her parents, Frank and Goldie Suggs King.
Mrs. Thurman was a 1958 graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) where she received a B.S.E. degree. She taught school at the Hamburg School District for seven years, then taught math at Price Elementary School in Crossett for 23 years before retiring in 1990.
She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church, Retired Teachers Association of Ashley County, the Cattleman’s Association, a member of Ashley County Quorum Court for 16 years and the Crossroads Cemetery Committee since 2015.
Mrs. Thurman will be remembered as a person who lived life to its fullest each day and a generous person with much love and compassion for others. She was a dedicated Canasta player. She played with the same group for more than 50 years, never missing a game. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family, extended family, deer camps, church family and friends. She was on the church cooking committee for several years. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and canning the vegetables from her garden.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, Marion Thurman (2008); her son, Steve Thurman (2012), two brothers, Buell King of Yellville, and Doy King of Renton, Washington.
She leaves to cherish her memories, a son, Doug Thurman (Kristi); a grand-daughter, Katie Thurman of Monticello; a grandson, Taylor Thurman of Monticello; two adopted grandsons, Colt Smith of Crossett and Drew Smith of Boston, Massachusettes; three sisters-in-law, Joanne King of Yellville, Willie Deal and Carolyn Lochala, both of Crossett.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Crossett.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church in Crossett with Rev. Mike Griffith officiating.
Pallbearers are Greg Stanley, Mitch Stanley, Bill Rice, BJ Pippen, Frank McMahan and Tony Blann. Honorary pallbearers are John D. Carter, Mike Gates and Tony Lee. Interment will be at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home, Inc.