Funeral services for Thurman Ray Newkirk Sr., 80, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, with the Rev. Kenneth Rhoades and the Rev. Bruce Stinson officiating.
A military graveside service, under the direction of the Hopkins County Military Coalition, will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Sanford Shell, Mike Clem, Colton Newkirk, Mike Nixon, Darrell Butler, Jesse Butler and Daniel Butler.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home.
Mr. Newkirk died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at his residence.
Thurman Ray Newkirk Sr. was born in Hopkins County on June 21, 1932, the son of Leonard Allen Newkirk and Ethel (Johnson) Newkirk.
He married Rubie Nell Henderson in Hopkins County on June 4, 1952; she survives.
Mr. Newkirk was a retired road builder with A. K. Gillis, a member of Central Baptist Church and a Mason. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Other survivors include two daughters, RaeNell Newkirk of Denton and Dearease Newkirk of Winnsboro; one son, Thurman Ray Newkirk Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Carolyn Ethridge of Greenville and Pearl Walthal of Oklahoma; grandchildren Janice Nixon and husband, Michael, Shannon Wright, Cayla Rae Newkirk and Colton Newkirk; and a great-grandson Connor Ray Nixon.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Newkirk; and two sisters, Alyene Poe and Thelma Richardson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
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