Joe Thurman Obituary

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Joe Thurman of Heavener, Oklahoma was born February 11, 1946 in Howe, Oklahoma to Fred and Bessie (Poor) Thurman and passed away July 6, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 73.

He is survived by:


His wife:

Deloyce Thurman of the home

Two daughters:

Jeri Francis and husband James of Heavener, Oklahoma

Kimberly McLaughlin of Heavener, Oklahoma

One son:

Michael Thurman and wife Twana of Summerfield, Oklahoma

Six sisters:

Frances Kimes and husband Wayne of Cedarville, Arkansas

Nina Blankinchip and husband Steve of Natural Dam, Arkansas

Irene Davison and husband Mike of Poteau, Oklahoma

Patsy Webster and husband Richard of Monroe, Oklahoma

Wanda Lawrance and husband Rob of Cameron, Oklahoma

Paula Barnhart and husband Kenny of Howe, Oklahoma

Six grandchildren:

Jeremy Naylor and wife Amanda, Jessica Harris and husband Brian, Candice Terry, Jacob Francis, Chase Thurman, and Landon Thurman

Eight great-grandchildren:

Brice Harris, Charity Harris, Talen Terry, Weston Terry, Garret Naylor, Addison Naylor, Remington Naylor, and Grace Francis

A special cousin:

Marshal Thurman

Other family members:

Stanley “Buddy” and wife Glinda of Stonewall, Oklahoma

Marilyn Grantham and husband Jack of Poteau, Oklahoma

Norma Hudlow and husband Wayne of Heavener, Oklahoma

Dena McGee and husband Mike of Lovings, Oklahoma

Becky Simpson and husband Sam of Lovings, Oklahoma

Stevie Oglesby of Poteau, Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends


He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bessie Thurman; a grandson, Joshua Naylor; one brother, Jack Thurman; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Loretha and Stanley Oglesby; and two brothers-in-law, Ronald Oglesby and Mark Oglesby.


Joe was a long-time resident of the area. He was self-employed, where he hauled pulpwood, hay, and rock. Joe loved to be working in his garden and fishing.


He also loved to spend time with his family and friends. Joe was a loving husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Joe will be deeply missed by many whom loved and knew him.



Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Reverend Ray Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in the Hontubby Cemetery in Heavener, Oklahoma arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Bucky McGee, Little Howard Bandy, Shannon Oglesby, Mark McMillion, Craig Kardocus, Darryl Kardocus, Nathan Adams, and Heath McGee.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Bill Barnhart, Ross Barnhart, Jody McGee, Daniel Carter, Jason Webster, and Rusty Duncan.


Viewing will begin at noon until 8:30 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. The family will visit with friends on Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



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