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Margaret Crawley Thurman

October 2, 1926 — January 26, 2021

Margaret Crawley Thurman

Ruby, SC

Mrs. Margaret Crawley Thurman, age 94, entered into rest Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at The Manor. Graveside services will be 3:00 PM Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Ruby Cemetery by Pastor Ronald Thurman. The family will greet friends following the service at the cemetery.

Due to the continued COVID-19 risks, we ask that you practice social distancing at all times and refrain from any physical contact. The family would like for all attending the service to please wear a face covering. The services will be streamed live on the Miller Rivers Caulder Funeral Home Facebook page.

Mrs. Thurman was born October 2, 1926 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Arthur Franklin and Olive Oliver Crawley. Mrs. Thurman’s life was spent showing God’s love by giving her best to her family and the children that she served as teacher and counselor.

Learning was important to Mrs. Thurman, not only for herself, as seen by pursuing her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from Appalachian State Teacher’s College, but as she encouraged and believed in her students. She continued her education by earning a Doctor of Divinity degree. She served the students of Chesterfield County in many capacities during her career. In 1951, the Woodmen of the World recognized Mrs. Thurman for her outstanding public service when her quick thinking resulted in all students and staff at Ruby School to evacuate safely a burning building that was completely destroyed. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society and Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity.

She was an active member of Ruby Baptist Church for many years. She served as a Sunday school teacher and various other positions.

Mrs. Thurman was a loving wife for 61 years until her “Sweet Dave” went to heaven. As long as she was able, she showed love to her children and grandchildren. She prayed for them, encouraged them and always reminded them of how proud she was of them.

She enjoyed reading and traveling to as many places as she could to see God’s beautiful world. Spending time with family and friends was her favorite pastime.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thurman was also preceded in death by her husband, David Perkins Thurman, Sr.; brothers, John Robert Crawley, Will Frank “Hank” Crawley, and Douglass “Doug” Crawley; sisters, Mary Etta “Makie” Kirkley, Helen C. Rivers, and Batalee “Bate” Esparza.

Survivors include her children, David Perkins (Sharon) Thurman, Jr., and Omerea Thurman both of Ruby, SC; grandchildren, Sarah (Justin) Thurman Griggs, David (Emalee) Thurman, III, Rob (Lori) Clemons, and Kelly (Jaywon) Clemons; great grandchildren, Jada Clemons, Skylar Clemons, and Gracelyn Griggs; brother-in-law, Genaro Esparza of TX; and sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Crawley of Chesterfield, SC, and Irene Crawley of Ruby, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of The Manor of Florence, including the healthcare staff for the love and exceptional care shown to Mrs. Thurman and her family. Mrs. Margaret was very proud to be the “Senior Resident” of The Manor. Also special thanks is given to the staff of McLeod Hospice for their care and service.

Memorials may be made to Ruby Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Ruby, SC 29741.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home ( of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Thurman family.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

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