1990s obits: Kathryn Thackston Gurley (NC), Robert Hugh Thackston (SC), Jim A. Egan (OK), Nancy F. Thackston (KY), Artie Thackston Campbell (KY), Altia Thaxton Bean (KY)

Paper: Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC)
Deceased: HIGH POINT — Mrs. Kathryn Thackston Gurley
Date: October 21, 1998

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Kathryn Thackston Gurley, 73, of 3418 Haleys Way, died Tuesday, October 20, 1998, at High Point Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Gurley was born March 8, 1925 in Crewe, Va., a daughter of Paul Venable Thackston and Annie Dunkum Thackston. She graduated from Duke University, majoring in elementary education. She taught school at Johnson Street Elementary and Brentwood Elementary. She loved nature, plants, flowers, and birds, especially bluebirds. She was an avid gardener, cook, and reader. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Christian Life Sunday School Class, and a member of Circle No.5. On December 23, 1947, she married Ralph Gurley, who survives, of the home.

Surviving also are one daughter, Mrs. Kathy Edwards and husband, Clint, of Greensboro; one son, Jim Gurley and wife, Beth, of Burlington; and five grandchildren, Emily and Paul Edwards, and Meredith, Kathryn, and Sara Gurley. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Miss Elizabeth (Libby) Gurley.

Funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church by Dr. R. Scott Woodmansee and the Reverend Lisa M. Mullen. Visitation will be at Sechrest Funeral Service, E. Lexington Ave., Thursday evening from 7:00 until 8:30. The body will remain at the funeral home until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main St., High Point, N.C.; to the American Cancer Society, 1004 N. Main St., High Point, N.C. 27262; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Paper: Greenville News, The (SC)
Deceased: Robert Hugh Thackston
Date: October 31, 2006

Robert (Bobby) Hugh Thackston, 83, of 75 Tilbury Way, husband of Catherine Chiles Thackston, died October 29, 2006, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in New York City, September 5, 1923, he was the son of the late Hugh Furman and Elizabeth Boyd Thackston. He was a graduate of Greenville High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, World War II, Boy Scout leader, Troop 2, American Legion Post 3 Drum and Bugle Corps, an avid trout fisherman and member of Pendleton Street Baptist Church. He retired from the Sherwin-Williams Co. after 30 years as an industrial sales representative. After retiring, he worked for 12 years in the remarketing division of Enterprise Auto Sales.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 59 years, are a son, R. Boyd Thackston of Greenville; a daughter, Angie Thackston Holcombe and husband, Sonny Holcome, of Aiken; grandchildren, Stephen Thackston, Katie Holcombe, and Brandon and Michelle Holcombe; brother-in-law, Buck and Betty Chiles; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, November 1, 2006, at 3:30 p.m., at Pendleton Street Baptist Church, with Rev. Marty Price officiating. The family will receive friends before the service from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be members of the Price-Johnson Sunday School Class and members of the Drum and Bugle Corps.

Memorials may be made to Pendleton Street Baptist Church, 1100 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

Cremation Society of South Carolina is serving the Thackston family.

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Paper: Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK)
Deceased: Jim A. Egan
Date: November 4, 2004

Jim A. Egan, outstanding civic leader and former mayor of Muskogee, past president of H.B. Egan Manufacturing Company, dedicated Methodist Churchman, and caring philanthropist, died on October 30, 2004 at the age of 98.  Jim was born June 30, 1906 in Coweta, Oklahoma to Henry Bakewell Egan and Addie Caroline Jaco Egan.  In 1915, his parents moved to Muskogee, a city he served and loved for 89 years.  Jim graduated from Muskogee Central High School where he played on the football team and was captain of the basket ball team.  He married Violet Ann Thaxton on June 24, 1926 in Vinita, Oklahoma. They were married 72 years until her death in February 1998.  Life didn’t stop here for Jim and on August 14, 1999, he married Edna Kneisel of Sabetha, Kansas.  Edna and her husband, Otto, had been friends of Jim and Violet for 25 years when they all wintered together in McAllen, Texas.

For nearly 40 years, Jim Egan operated the H. B. Egan Manufacturing Company, a firm founded by his father in 1925.  After the company was sold in 1961, Mr. Egan founded the Camelletta Corporation, built the Broadway Shopping Center and remained president of The Teganok Corporation Ltd. of Toronto, Canada. During his life time, Mr. Egan compiled an impressive record of community service. He served on the boards of the Community Chest, Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Goodwill Industries, and for more than 33 years served as a Director of the First National Bank & Trust Company.  He was the second president of the Muskogee Knife & Fork Club and was chosen 1960’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year besides receiving the Outstanding Boss Award. Two years later he ran for Mayor of Muskogee and served three successful terms before stepping down in 1968.  During his administration, the Civic Center & Fine Arts Auditorium were built and other municipal improvement projects were begun.  One of the state’s most outstanding Methodist Lay Leaders, Mr. Egan was a member of First United Methodist Church in Muskogee all his life and served as its Official Board Chairman for more than 20 years.  He’s a past president of the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City University and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the university in 1964.  He served on the Board of Trustees for 20 years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and also was a former Trustee of Bacone College in Muskogee.  Mr. Egan was a delegate for many years to the General and World Conferences of the Methodist Church and served on their various boards and committees.  Jim Egan felt his church work was the most important part of his life. He said in one article written about him in 1955, “My Christian experience teaches me that all material things come from God and belong to God. I’m just a steward temporarily of the things sent my way.” In 1945, he and his father bought a large parcel of land outside of Tahlequah, Oklahoma on the Barron Fork River and gave it to the Methodist Church to be developed as a summer camp for Methodist young people in Oklahoma.  This summer camp was named Camp Egan in honor of Mr. Egan and has served and enriched the lives of thousands of young people as well as adults through all these years. Mr. Egan continued to financially support Camp Egan all during his lifetime and will continue to do so even after his death.  He leaves a great legacy for all those who hear God’s call to serve, to share and to love!

Mr. Egan is survived by his wife, Edna; his daughter and son in law, Caroline and Vince Wayland of Boulder, Colorado; and his daughter in law, Jerry Egan of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  He leaves six grandchildren; Robert Bowles, Carol Jensen, Elizabeth Bowles, Cynthia Wissel, Alison Egan, and Suzanne Carey and ten great grandchildren.  He also leaves three stepdaughters; Judy and Dennis Crouch, Betty and Kenneth Adams, and Karen and David Randall; eight step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Cornelia Belle Heisley as well as his beloved son, James Albert Egan who died in 1981.  Friends may wish to remember Mr. Egan by making a memorial contribution to First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK 74403, Camp Egan, 26633 Hwy. 62, Tahlequah, OK 74464 or the organization of their choice.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Diana Cox Crawford officiating.  Entombment will be in Memorial Park Mausoleum.  Pallbearers will be Joel Cousins, Dave Perrin, Max Eversole, Don Haxton, Ken Webb and David Miller.  Honorary pallbearers are Ray Lehman, Ed Portman, Morris Caves, Virgil James, John Luton, Ken Meyer and John Hannah. Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster Petering Funeral Home.

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Paper: Kentucky Post, The (Covington, KY)
Deceased: Nancy F. Thackston
Date: March 15, 1999

Nancy F. Thackston, 90, of Mason County, died at 10 a.m. Friday at Robertson County Health Care Center in Mount Olivet.  She was a member of Shannon United Methodist Church.  Her husband, Tracey H. Thackston, died in 1957.  A daughter, Jacqulyn Dean Chandler, died in 1973.

Survivors include sons, Malayan Thackston of Aberdeen, Ohio, and James Thackston of Maysville; a brother, William Mitchell of Wilmington, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Palmer Funeral Home, May’s Lick.  Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.

This obituary is being published again to reflect a change in the arrangements.

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Paper: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
Deceased: MAY’S LICK — Artie Thackston Campbell
Date: March 31, 1991

MAY’S LICK — Artie Thackston Campbell, 85, of Route 2, widow of Oscar Campbell, died Friday at her home. Services 2 p.m. Monday at Palmer Funeral Home. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. today.

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Paper: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY)
Deceased: Altia Thaxton Bean
Date: May 3, 1995

SACRAMENTO – Altia Thaxton Bean, 84, of Sacramento died Monday, May 1, 1995, at her home. She was born in Butler County and was a member of Trinity Pentecostal Church in Central City. She  was preceded in death by two husbands, Fred Thaxton and Omer Bean, and by a son, Thomas Gail  Thaxton.

Survivors include a son, Harlan Thaxton of Sacramento; a daughter, Mary Ella Gish of Bremen;  13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces  and nephews.

Services are at 2 p.m. today at Tucker Memorial Chapel in Sacramento. Burial in Sacramento  Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Visitation is at the funeral home.

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