John Thurmond

John Thurmond

John William Thurmond, 73, of Simpsonville, SC , died Friday, June 23, 2017, after an extended illness, at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, SC.  The son of the late Raymond “Ray” LaFayette Thurmond and Gertrude “Gert” Poole Thurmond, he was born August 26, 1943, in Carnesville, GA.  John  retired from the Stephens County School System in Toccoa, GA and was an Elder of the Toccoa Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Taylor Thurmond of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Marcy Moore; three grandchildren, Abby Moore, Nick Moore, and Olivia Moore;  two goddaughters, Josy Hill and Jacy Hill; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Rachel Goolsby, Ellen Thurmond and Jean Daughtry.

Preceded in death were sisters; the late Bonnie Goolsby, the late Mary Thurmond, the late Martha Thurmond, and brother, the late Douglas Thurmond.

Visitation for Mr. Thurmond will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at Ginn Funeral Home, 90 Church Street, Carnesville, GA. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, June 26, 2017,  at Toccoa Christian Church.  The minister, Gary Phillips, will officiate.  Interment will be in Stephens Memorial Garden.

Pallbearers will be Chris Moore, Nick Moore, Jeff Hill, Jason Kidd, Eric Goolsby, Rod Goolsby, Curtis Weeks, Corey Weeks, and Daniel Thurmond.

Ginn Funeral Home in Carnesville, GA is in charge of arrangements.



  1. Michelle M Bray
    June 26, 2017 - 2:00 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Thurmond was a great teacher and friend to me. He will be missed.

  2. Jan,
    Jimmy and I are so sorry for your loss Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family

  3. I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. My years working with him in curriculum were some of the best years of my career. John was an awesome colleague and dear friend to me. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Liz Bowen Davis
    June 26, 2017 - 8:27 am

    I was so deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful man. You have my deepest sympathy. He was a dear friend to my dad and I am sure dad welcomed him into heaven.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was always such a kind gentleman. I was a teacher in Stephens County when he was the Curriculum Director. He was a good leader and will be missed. I am sorry for your loss and will pray for the family.

  6. Kathy Sheriff Segers
    June 25, 2017 - 11:17 pm

    So sorry to here of your loss. The two of you were such a great couple and Mark and I enjoyed your company. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Jane so sorry to hear this John was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed . My thoughts and prayers are with you and chris and the family. During this time.

  8. Sherrie Whiten
    June 25, 2017 - 10:28 pm

    Mr. Thurmond was such an inspiration to me. He taught me and later I was privileged to work as a teacher when he was Curriculum Director. He was such an outstanding educator. He will be missed.

  9. Sandra Edwards Burton
    June 25, 2017 - 9:46 pm

    I remember him fondly as our Science teacher the first year we had the Jr High. He was a kind and wonderful teacher and i am sure he will be missed by many. So sorry for your lost.

  10. Dear Family,
    I was in Mr. Thurmond’s physical science class in 1966. He was such a good teacher. I never forgot how accomplished I felt passing his class. I am certain his effort motivated me in other areas of my life. I am sending my sincere condolences. Praying for comfort and peace in your time of sorrow.
    Ann Jones Burgess

  11. I remember him well from school. John was a kind and good man and a fine teacher who set good examples.
    So sorry for your lost.

  12. Wanda Whitfield Dunagan
    June 25, 2017 - 6:53 pm

    I remember Mr. Thurmond in high school, he was great teacher. Always a kind word and caring, really need more teachers like that today, prayers for the family, and he will be missed. ❤️

  13. Thomas & Barbara Payne
    June 25, 2017 - 5:40 pm

    Jan, Chris and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a very nice, friendly man and such a thoughtful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love and hugs for you.

    Thomas and Barbara Payne

  14. Lynn Whitworth
    June 25, 2017 - 5:35 pm

    Mr. Thurmond was an outstanding teacher and role model. I remember him from when I was in high school. So very sorry for your loss.

  15. so sorry to hear of the passing of mr. thurmond. he was a great teacher. praying for the fanily

  16. Curtis & Nora Waters
    June 25, 2017 - 4:58 pm

    Janice & family: we are so saddened to hear of John passing. We have known him for many years and thought of him as a friend and a good man. Our prayers are with you and will continue to go with you as we pray for peace, comfort and strength that only God can give. May He carry you thru and give you security of knowing we shall all spend Eternity together. Love and hugs.

  17. So sorry for your loss. He was always so good to me in high school

  18. janice, so sorry about John’ s passing. He was a fine man! You and the family is in my prayers.

  19. I am so hurt to hear of Mr. Thurmond’s death. I was a troubled teen in high school. Mr. Thurmond was very caring and nurturing in those years. He had a profound positive influence on me. Fortunately I got to see him later in life and told him this. I pray for his loved ones during this most difficult time.

  20. Connie Evans Powell
    June 25, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    So sorry of hearing of Mr Thurmond’s passing! He was an awesome man! Praying for you and the family!

  21. Polly and Danny walker
    June 25, 2017 - 9:59 am

    Jan and family,
    John was a great cousin of ours and will be missed. Bless y’all as you go thru this sorrowful time and may you be comforted and given peace thru the presence of the Holy Spirit. ❤️

  22. Jan I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am out of town visiting my daughter in Alabama so I won’t see you during these next few days. I will be thinking of you and your family in my prayers. May God Bless you all. Love, Patsy

  23. Janice, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow…..Remember you are never alone, the Lord is with you. He will see you and your family through this. God Bless !!

  24. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. John was such a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.

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