|By Warren Cox (Warrencid) on Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 03:57 pm: Edit|
FROM THE ATLANTA JOURNAL / CONSTITUTION:
Joey Vaughn Thurman, age 71 of Sugar Hill, passed from this earthly life on January 2, 2014. A funeral Mass in his honor will be offered at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Catholic Church of St. Monica’s in Duluth, GA.
Mr. Thurman was born in Campbell, MO in 1942. In 1960, he embarked on a 48-year career in law enforcement. His career began with a six year stint in the US Army as both MP and Criminal Investigator. Following three years as patrolman for the Hammond (Indiana) Police Department, Mr. Thurman served for 25 years as Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. His ATF tenure culminated in a post as the ATF Representative at the world headquarters of Interpol in Lyons, France.
Following his retirement from federal law enforcement, Mr. Thurman worked as Senior Investigator for the Office of the Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections; Special Agent for the Georgia Office of the Insurance Commissioner; and Criminal Investigator for the Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Units of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta.
Mr. Thurman was also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a parishioner at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming.
He is survived by his son Charles Thurman of Alpharetta; daughters Chantel Thurman of Duvall, WA, Nicole Smith of Apollo Beach, FL and Deborah Thurman of St. Petersburg, FL; grandchildren Axel Thurman Saunders, Joseph Smith and Jack Smith; and brothers Kenneth and Ron Thurman.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Karen G. Thurman in 2007.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Condolences may be sent by visiting billheadfuneralhome.com