LEES SUMMIT -- Elroy Thurman Jr (known as J.R or Junior to family and friends) of Lees Summit, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the age of 66.

J.R. was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri, March 8, 1951, to Elroy Sr. and Virginia (Dodson) Thurman and spent most of his years in the surrounding area until he moved to Lees Summit in 1997.

In addition to his parents, J.R. was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Jordan, Mia, and Elijah and his Father-In-Law, Leo Ives.

J.R. is survived by his wife, Carla (Ives); daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Thomas Kite of Lees Summit; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Jeff Hasty; and three grandchildren, Emmitt, Carleigh and Delaney Hasty, all of Lees Summit. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Jimmy (Connie) Thurman, Donna (Gary) Hedrick, Brenda Davis and Robert (Ginger) Thurman; mother-in-law, Nancy (Estes) Ives; brother-in-law, Neal (Vivian) Ives, and sister-in-law, Lisa (Randy) Charles; many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

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J.R. was an ordained minister and enjoyed working and ministering in several churches around Missouri and Illinois. He also had a passion for sports cars and enjoyed going to car shows, watching sports and most of all spending time with his family. J.R. was a member of GracePointe Community Church in Lees Summit.

After cremation there will be two memorial services, one in Lees Summit at a later date and another at 2 p.m. October 21, 2017, at Covenant Grace Church of God in Mineral Point.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com. Arrangements by Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600.

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