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Thomas Odell Thurgood Sr, age 82

Thomas Odell Thurgood Sr, 82, Carlisle AR. Passed away Wednesday November 20, 2019. Tom was born December 28, 1936 to Willie and Ruby Thurgood (Bulluck) in Humphrey Arkansas.

He grew up in Brewer bottoms south of Stuttgart, and joined the Air Force in July 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1963. Tom worked as a truck driver for over 55 years and farmed for several of those years. He and Zelma owned their own trucking company from 1980 until 2006.

He was preceded in death by His parents, Willie and Ruby (Bulluck) Thurgood, one sister Lucy May Pranter, and one daughter Terri Davis.

Survivors include; his wife Zelma Thurgood (Hassen) of 46 years, of the home. 5 children, Rhonda Reitz (Larry) of Conroe, Tx. Michael Swaim (Debbie) of Huntsville, Al. Ronnie Swaim (Lisa) of Tonganoxie, Ks. Kathy Edwards (David) of Hickory Plains, Ar. Tommy Thurgood Jr (Ann) of Pensacola, FL. His brother Eugene Thurgood (Reasel). His sisters Patricia Burns (Stephen) and Glenda Barnes (Bruce). Along with 18 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. Tom has always loved his family and has been a passionate example of what it means to be a man. He always had a smile and a hug that brought comfort and assurance.

Services will be held at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot AR. Family will receive friends at 10am on Monday November 25, Service will follow at 11AM. Graveside will follow at Salem Cemetery near Butlerville.

In lieu of flowers the family recommends donations for “Arkansas Pilots For Christ Inc.”

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Ann Gilliam Posted November 21, 2019 3:32 PM

    I am so sorry! My prayers are with you! Love you

  • Ann Gilliam Posted November 21, 2019 3:34 PM

    Prayers for you

  • Stacy Duncan Kilgore Posted November 22, 2019 11:19 AM

    Mrs. Zelma, there are no words! We are praying for your peace in knowing Mr. Tom is with Jesus. He will be greatly missed by anyone that had the privilege to know him. Such a loving and kind man. I am so very sorry!!

  • Fred and Carolyn McCarty Posted November 22, 2019 11:28 AM


  • Gayla Davenport Posted November 22, 2019 11:36 AM

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  • Gayla Davenport Posted November 22, 2019 11:37 AM

    Zelma, I am so sorry. I am praying for you and your family

  • Veronica Raborn Posted November 22, 2019 11:56 AM

    May God wrap His loving arms around you during this difficult time. My prayers are with the family. He was a wonderful man that will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  • Fred Campbell Posted November 22, 2019 3:14 PM

    Prayers for You Ms Zelma he was one heck of a GOOD Man.

  • BHC Supply Chain Posted November 22, 2019 4:11 PM

    The Baptist Health Care Supply Chain team members have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Angela Jennings Posted November 22, 2019 5:16 PM

    Zelma, I’m so sorry for your loss, but praising God for eternal life! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim and Susan Carson Posted November 22, 2019 5:28 PM

    So sorry, Zelma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jerri Reitz Posted November 23, 2019 6:47 PM

    Tom was a good man who will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers🙏🏻🙏🏻

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