Harry Copelan Thurmond

Born: Sat., Dec. 26, 1942
Died: Sun., Sep. 7, 2014


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Location: McCommons Chapel

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Harry Copelan Thurmond

Harry Copelan Thurmond, age 71, of Snellville, GA passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at his home. Harry was born December 26, 1942 in Greensboro, GA to the late Gartrell Hiram Thurmond and Sarah Copelan Thurmond both of Greensboro. Harry graduated from Greensboro High School in 1962. After graduation, he entered into the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country for 4 years as Master Jet Engine Mechanic. In 1966 he received an honorable discharge with exemplary service.  Following his time with the Air Force, Harry continued his work as a jet engine mechanic with NASA, where he was able to contribute his talents to both the GEMINI and APPOLO space programs. Upon leaving NASA, he returned to Georgia where he was employed by Southern Railroad as an electrician. After his employment with Southern Railroad, Harry joined ANACOMP, formerly known as General Dynamics, as a service technician with over 27 years of loyal service before retiring. Harry had many hobbies, talents and passions, but most of all he loved his family and spending time with friends. He also enjoyed traveling, cruising and was a fiercely loyal Georgia Bulldog football fan. Go Dawgs! Harry was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather (GeeGee), and brother and will be greatly missed. His witty personality was adored and respected by all who knew and loved him.

Harry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sue Edwards Thurmond; an only son Ryan Heath Thurmond; and two grandchildren, Ethan Mitchell Thurmond and Isabella Rose Thurmond. Also surviving him are two brothers, Gartrell Hiram “Sonny” Thurmond Jr. and his wife Beth of Athens GA, Herbert Frink “Herbie” Thurmond and his wife Jan of Greensboro GA; sister and brother in law, Edna and Gus Wynn of Pendergrass GA; sisters in law, Ms. Shirley Buice and Mrs. Denise Whitlock; three nieces, Kim Thurmond, Traci Thurmond Martin (Chris) and Kelly Thurmond; two nephews, Scott Thurmond (Anne) and Chris Thurmond (Deborah); two great nieces, Sarah Elisabeth Thurmond and Kaylee Martin; four great nephews, Christopher Thurmond, Copelan Thurmond, McKellar Thurmond and Shannon Floyd (Becky); and best friends, James and Connie Christian of Snellville GA who were united as family through open hearts and true friendship.

Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Mike Morgan officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until time for the service at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that any memorials be made in Harry Thurmond’s memory to  either of the following: http://www.psp.org/, The Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases, better known as CurePSP, assists patients and their families in their struggle against these debilitating diseases, increases public awareness, educates healthcare professionals, and supports research toward better diagnosis, effective treatments, and eventual cures or  First United Methodist Church (Stain Glass Window Renovation Project), P.O. Box 216, Greensboro, Ga. 30642  706-453-7064.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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Smith Oliver
   Posted Mon September 08, 2014
The family has my condolences. I recall Harry well in our youth and am very sorry to learn of his passing. May he 'Rest In Peace'

Fred, Dan and Claudia Thurmond
   Posted Mon September 08, 2014
We are so saddened by the loss of our first cousin....May the peace of God be with Sue and Ryan during this time of loss and grief......we know that he is in a better place.

Bruce Allen
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Harry at Anacomp many times over the years. We had aviation in common as he served in the USAF & I in the Royal Air Force (RAF UK). He was genuinely a nice guy & he will definitely be missed by many.
Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.

Ennis R. Eaton
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
From me and my family to you and yours.... Our deepest sympathies and condolences. May Harry RIP.

Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
Dear Family,
God bless all of you at this time. Harry and his family grew up in our neighberhood and we all played together.

Betty Jo

Dianne Yearwood
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family. I didn't know Harry as well as Sonny and Herbie, but I do remember hearing Daddy (Pete Yearwood) speak of him. Time and all the wonderful memories of Harry's life will help heal the sadness in your hearts at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and keep you strong.
Love to all,
Dianne Yearwood

Irvin Rast
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
Sue, Ryan, and family,

We are sad to know of Harry's passing but also know he no longer suffers. He will be greatly missed, his love you his family, God, and country was evident. May God be with you all through the healing process.

Rick Thompson
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I remember as a small boy watching Harry and his two brothers thinking " that is what I want to be like when I get old ". ( you guys probably were in your early twenties LOL ! ) The words I would describe Harry would be gentlemen, kind, thoughtful and comfortable with who he was. Ryan you were blessed to have your dad as great role model and have turned out to be just like him. Sue I pray that every laugh you guys had together will out number the tears you have right now. I will see you guys tomorrow and believe heaven just got louder with a another Thurmond there !

Glenn Goldstein
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I was very saddened to hear this news. Haven't seen Harry since high school, but all of my memories of him from that time are of a very good guy, always friendly, happy and respectful.

My sincere condolences to Sonny, Herbie and the entire family.

Sandra Lewis
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I am praying for the whole family and what a wonderful memory of Harry you will have for a lifetime. He was a special man as a husband, father, and just a role model. I will not be able to be in Greensboro tomorrow but will have you in my thoughts and prayers. I am having to spend so much time with my daddy also since he is not doing well at all. God bless all of the family and such great memories that will never be forgotten.

Willis Moody
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
Sue, with heartfelt condolences from my family to your during this time of sorrow. Mr. Harry live a wonderful life with a wonderful wife, son and family. May he rest now and all the troubles roll away.

May God continue watching over the you and the family.

John Hamilton
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I've known Harry since 1985 having met him while working for DatagraphiX/Anacomp. We have worked on systems for many hours together, laboring hard to resolve system problems. We have traveled to many places working together so I've spent much time with him. He was a fantastic person, super intelligent and thoughtful, with a great sense of humor and a tremendous work ethic. I will miss him greatly. One of the finest gentlemen I've ever known.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sue and Ryan, and also with Sonny, Herbie and the whole Thurmond extended family.

Pete Falvai
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
I am sad for I will miss my friend. I am sad for Sue and Ryan and all of the Thurmonds. My deepest condolences. But I am happy, because Harry is not suffering any more. I wonder if he can get Rush on the AM up there.
Good-Bye old Buddy.

Rosalyn Thomas Dixon
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
September 9, 2014

Was shocked and saddened to hear of Harry's death. My condolences and Prayers go out to the Family,Sonny and Herby and the rest of the Family. May he Rest In Peace.

Rosalyn Thomas Dixon and Brother, Jimmy Thomas.

Lester Bryan
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
I haven't seen my old neighbor Harry in 50 years but remember him well. A really good guy. Prayers for the family.

Percy and June Meeks
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many good memories of the Thurmond family.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
Sue, Ryan and Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come. Harry was a true Southern Gentleman and a friend.

Judy lynnn and Susan Copelan & family
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
I have such good memorys of Harry at the farm when we were young we loved you Harry!!

Jimmy Thomas
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
Having graduated from Greensboro High School with Harry, I am saddened by his passing. He had a good personality and was always respected by his class mates. My sympathy to his family.

Darryl Steward
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
Sue and Thurmond family I offer my deepest condolences. Harry and I worked many hours together on equipment with Anacomp/decisionOne. He always had nice things to say to me and always encouraged me when he thought that I wasn`t as he called it "in my happy go lucky mood" When I moved here from New York he help welcome me and helped me acclimate. Words I remember Harry saying "I'm fixing to go" and "go mash the button" Harry I will miss you..... I`m fixing to go mash the button.

Linda Brook McLeroy
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
Sonny & family,

I was saddened to hear that Harry had passed away...Please know that all of you are in many prayers from "all the "Boro" homefolks" . I didn't re -alize that he lived only about 5-6 miles from us .
The video was priceless and wonderful.
God bless You all. Linda

Sherryle Roland Hinton
   Posted Sat September 13, 2014
Sue, Ryan, Sonny and Herbie, please know how brokenhearted I was in seeing this as I was looking about someone else's arrangements. I am so sorry and didn't know Harry had been ill. I know all of you have been a close family and he will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Harry was such a good and caring person. He will always be in my heart.

David & Denise Powers
   Posted Tue September 16, 2014
To Sue and the Thurmond family, We are so sorry for your loss. The Thurmond men are a blessing to all who know them. A long illness is very difficult and emotional. Grieving comes in many forms and takes time. Know that you all have been and will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy, Denise, David, James & Luke Powers