Dannie Ellis Thurman, age 79, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born April 10, 1940 in Spring City, Tennessee the son of Elder Jackson and Gladys Emma (Houston) Thurman. On January 23, 1960 Dannie married Valerie F. Beard who survives. He is also survived by two children: Scott (Pam) Thurman and Sandy (Steven) Thompson; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister Billie Sue Mainstone; three brothers: John “JD” (Rose) Thurman, Jimmie Thurman and Rick (Sue) Thurman; and many nieces and nephews. Dannie was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Della Thurman and three brothers: Jack, Ron and Terry Thurman. For forty-two years, Dannie worked as a pipefitter and welder retiring from Rock Tenn. He attended Friends Church, was a member of the Ira A. Beck Masonic Lodge #503, member of the Wolverine Harmonica Club, Christian Motorcycle Club, Cushman Club of American and Vintage Motorbike Club. Dannie had also been a board member of Metro Com Credit Union, sexton at Hicks Cemetery for several years, and loved to attend the Post Band Concerts. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Battle Creek Friends Church, 1305 Olive Street with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until service time. The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Friends Church or Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Arrangements by the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home www.henryfuneralhome.org
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