Thurman Ross Golding, 1920-2014, Texas, Shelby County born and raised

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Thurman Ross Golding
“T.R.” Golding

Thurman Ross “T.R.” Golding, age 94, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2014. He had a peaceful passage at his home in Center, surrounded by his family.

T.R. was born in the Huxley, Golding Shores Community on September 24, 1919 to Joel Eddie Golding (1889-1980) and Maude Abye Harvey (1895-1996).

His grandparents were George L Golding (1865-1935) and Gertrude A. Davis (1864-1925). George L. Golding’ father is listed on his death certificate as Joel Golding, born in South Carolina.

His greatgrandfather may have been named William Joel Golding, born circa 1835 in South Carolina.

He was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where he served from 1941 until 1945. T.R. was later employed as an operator of a sulfur recovery unit with Gulf Oil Corporation in Port Arthur, where he retired after thirty years and seven months of service.

He was a past secretary of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 in Center, a life endowed member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Knight Commander Court of Honor. T.R. was a past patron of Order of the Eastern Star, Newburn Chapter #1135 and a member of the Center Chapter #348. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, past president of Noon Optimus Club and past member of Breakfast Lions Club.

His hobbies included fishing, traveling and family gatherings. T.R. enjoyed helping children with special needs through the Optimus Club and Shrine Hospital in Shreveport. He was a member of Dr. Hooker’s Bible Class at First Baptist Church in Center. Not only was T.R. a father to his four daughters, he was also a loving daddy to his three stepchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Center with Grandson, Chad Lawson, officiating, followed by Masonic Rites under the direction of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149. A military honors graveside service will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley under the direction of VFW Post #8904.

Pallbearers will be members of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Lawson Jr., Tyler Lawson, Mark Lawson Sr., Steven Frioux, Austin Glaze, Calvin Christian, Johnny Palmer.

He is survived by
Wife of 35 years: Doretha “Dot” Golding of Center

Sandra Golding Palmer and husband, Johnny of Nacogdoches
Patricia Golding Elizondo and husband, Joe of San Antonio
Susan Golding and Glen Schweitzer of Asheville, North Carolina
Debbie Golding Lawson and husband, Mark, Sr. of Groves

Step Daughters:
Carole Sonmor of Houston
Judy Addison Glaze and husband, A.J., of Stanley, Louisiana

Step Son: Robert Addison of Winnie

Kim Nix Knox of Nacogdoches
Angela Nix Sturm and husband, Chris of Austin
Kristen Frioux of Enid, Oklahoma
Steven Frioux and wife, Saundra of Irving
Mark Lawson Jr. and wife, Rachel of Port Neches
Chad Lawson and wife, Angela of Austin
Tyler Lawson of Austin

Step Grandchildren:
Lee Sonmor of Houston
Kyle Sonmor of Houston
Angelia Glaze of Logansport, Louisiana
Austin Glaze of Logansport, Louisiana
Jennifer Palmer LaGrone of Austin
Christie Council of Three Rivers

Great Grandchildren:
Camden Knox
Colby Knox
Chloe Grace Knox
Whitney Lingelbach
Saressa Frioux
Daylin Lawson
Reagan Joy Lawson
Berit Lawson
Emma Lawson

Step Great Grandchildren:
Matthew LaGrone
Megan LaGrone
Madison LaGrone
Mackenzie LaGrone
Brodie Darilek
Sadie Eichler

Great Great Grandchild: Lucia Knox

Sister: Maxine Golding Christian of Tenaha

Sister-in-law: Beth Golding of Winnie

Precious Red Poodle: Sandy

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joel Eddie Golding and Maude Harvey Golding
Brother: G.L. Golding
Sister: Lona Belle Golding Wheeler
Brother: Eddie Eugene Golding
Mother of his children: Hazel Fields Golding Loyd

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or a charity of choice.

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Original obituary published at … I have edited/added information about his parents and grandparents births and deaths.

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