Aug. 8, 1941 ~ Feb. 23, 2020
Thurman Herring, 78, life long resident of the Blizzard’s Crossroads area near Mount Olive, after living a good life of service to God and his fellowman, passed away quietly Sunday morning, Feb. 23, at his home.
Thurman had a servant’s heart and was tirelessly involved in his community and areas around. He had served in the North Carolina National Guard, retiring as Master Sergeant after 32 ½ years of service. He had been a former member of Mount Olive Rescue Squad and Seven Springs Area Rescue and was a charter member of Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department in which he held many offices including that of assistant chief. Though retired from fire and rescue, he still maintained an active role in all fire department and rescue functions. Thurman had been a member of Alum Springs Baptist Church and in recent years, Snow Hill Free Will Baptist Church. He was retired from Grinnell Fire Sprinkler Systems Co.
A service to remember Thurman and his life of service and dedication was held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home. Officiating were the Rev. Mark S. Hobbs and the Rev. Shelton Justice. A time of visitation amongst friends and kin followed the service. Thurman was laid to rest alongside his wife, Jo-Anne, and daughter, Charity, following a 2 p.m. committal service on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Maplewood Cemetery. The committal service included military rites.
Thurman had requested that his life be remembered through floral expressions or by making a memorial gift to Cures for the Colors, c/o Southeastern Cancer Center, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, NC 27534, or Snow Hill Church, c/o Rev. Mark S. Hobbs, 554 Scott’s Store Road, Mount Olive, NC 28365.
Though during his life, Thurman faced many hardships and obstacles, he was a survivor and to many, he was an American hero. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jo-Anne Rouse Herring; daughter, Charity Anne Herring; his mother, Delia Herring; brothers, Needham Herring and J. D. Alphin; and a sister, Gladys A. Taylor; as well as Jo-Anne’s parents, Josiah and Lillian Rouse; her brother, Frederick A. “Bud” Rouse; and brother-in-law, E.H. Sutton.
Thurman is survived by a sister, Christine A. Hill of Rocky Mount; two sisters-in-law, Linda R. Sutton and Cathy P. Rouse, both of Albertson; several nieces and nephews and their families; his beloved family from the fire and rescue department, his church family, and his community of many friends and neighbors.
We, who are left behind, are saddened by our loss of Thurman, but we are joyful in knowing that he was welcomed at heaven’s gates by his dear Jo-Anne, and darling daughter, “Daddy’s Girl,” Charity, whom he had sadly missed since that fateful day in September of 1995.
Thurman lived a life of service to God, country, and mankind. May he sweetly rest in the loving embrace of his Lord, wife, and daughter.
This was a Tyndall Service.