Born 6-30-1919 -- Died 5-6-2007
Thurman Paul ?Hack-worth, was born the son of William Newton Hackworth and Martha Jane Higgs Hack-worth on June 30, 1919, in Myrtle, Mo., and died May 6, 2007, in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 87.
He was united in Marriage on June 5, 1946, at Thayer, Mo., to Mary Ella Smith.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the 78th Infantry Division during WWII. While serving his country, he earned numerous awards and medals including the Purple Heart and three bronze Battle Stars. He earned the rank of sergeant and filled many positions during his Army career.
He joined the Charles Burkett Post 344 in 1945 and held continuous membership for 2 years.
He was parts manager for Trimble Chevrolet in Thayer for many years. He was later employed by Frisco Railroad, working a total of 30 years as switchman and brakeman.
He was an active member of the Assembly of God Church in Thayer, where he at one time served as Sunday school superintendent, song leader and deacon. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and singer and will be remember by his countless hours spent helping others.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ella of the family home near Thayer, ?Mo.; one daughter, Paula Hall of Thayer; one grandson, Christopher Anthony Hall of Thayer; one granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn?Hall of Thayer; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, William Newton and Martha Jane Hackworth; and two brothers, William Glenn Hackworth and Leo Hackworth.
Funeral services were held May 10, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel with Douglas Hobbs and Ricky Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Myrtle Cemetery at Myrtle, Mo. Arrangements were under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.