Donald Gulley Thurston

August 9, 1934January 8, 2019

Donald Gulley Thurston, 84, of Crozet died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at his home.

Born August 9, 1934 in Albemarle County, he was the son of the late Claude Wood and Mary Via Thurston and was the husband of the late Ruby Lee Thurston. In addition, he was preceded in death by six sisters and five brothers.

He is survived by two daughters; Sandra Lee Rea and her husband Gene, and Wanda Thurston and her wife Betsy, all of Crozet; one granddaughter, Megan Brooke Talbott of Buckhannon, WV; numerous nieces and nephews with one special niece, Susan Thurston; and one adopted grandson, Hunter Keith Radcliff of Buckhannon, WV.

Known to most as Donnie, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1963 as a Sergeant First Class, Special Forces.

For Donnie, family was first and foremost and he loved each and everyone in his own way.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Crozet Baptist Church with Reverend David Collyer officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Donald Gulley Thurston

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Roy Thomas

January 12, 2019

It was my privilege to know Donnie for many years. He was a loving, friendly, kind and good man. I really liked his sense of humor and the way he tried to look on the bright side of everything. He loved his family and was blessed to be part of a loving family. What a blessing! And he was a blessing to me and to all he met. Know of my prayers and sympathy for all the family. May you find peace in Jesus, the prince of peace. Love, Roy Thomas