Thurman Sensing Jr.
September 20, 1927 – May 14, 2020
Thurman Sensing, Jr., of Nashville, passed from this life into God’s eternal presence on May 14, 2020. Born on Sept. 20, 1927, he was preceded in death in 2015 by his wife of 64 years, Angelyn Burkitt Sensing. He is survived by his three sons, Andy (Terri) of Hockessin, Delaware; Don (Catherine) of Greenbrier, Tenn.; and William (Janice) of Nashville. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Thurman was a World War Two veteran, having served in the US Navy aboard the battleship USS Texas and the escort carrier USS Bougainville. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1950 and then worked as an agent for New York Life until well into his 80s, having earned numerous sales awards throughout his career. Thurman also served as president and secretary of the Woodmont Kiwanis club.
An Eagle Scout, Thurman was co-founder of Troop 121 at Woodmont Baptist Church and served as an assistant scoutmaster and Explorer scout leader. He served as Chairman of Tenn. Committee of scouting and as the Advancement Chairman for many years. He received The Pathfinder and Long Rifle awards and was the Western District Eagle representative on the Eagle advancement board. He was a recipient of the scouting Good Shepherd Award.
An avid and highly-skilled golfer, he tried to imbue his enthusiasm for the game in his three sons but alas, only one came even close to his devotion and skill. If heaven doesn’t have a golf course now, they will shortly!
A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashville, on Monday, May 18, with the Rev. Nathan Parker of Woodmont Baptist Church officiating.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Scouts BSA or to the memorial fund of Woodmont Baptist Church.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Thurman Sensing Jr.
May 17, 2020
Really enjoyed working with Thurman for over 40 years with Boy Scout Troop 121, Woodmont Baptist Church. Very knowledgeable leader who worked with all of us adult leaders and especially Scoutmaster Scobey Rogers. Also knew Thurman through being a Woodmont Baptist member for my whole life. We would often kid that we were distant cousins and we were (someway). Dr. G. Howard Doty
May 17, 2020
Thurman and I met when I became a New York Life agent in 1988. At that time, he was just a few years younger than I am now. Thurman and his fellow agent, Billy, took me under their wings, answering my questions and discussing cases with me - their cases and mine. I learned a lot about the financial services business, the must stunning thing being that both Thurman and Billy had been NYL Agents since before I was born.
I became well acquainted with Thurman and Angelyn after I joined the GO management team in the agent training role. Thurman had moved his office home by that time and, when he needed help (from me!), I’d meet him there. Angelyn always served everyone coffee with cake or cookies before I’d leave the house. Early on, Angelyn suggested that I seemed to her like the daughter she never had. The next time I went to work with Thurman, he explained the tax advantages of adult adoption to us all over coffee. Don’t worry, Will, Don and Andy; it’s a rare yet valid estate planning concept, but was a joking conversation. I recently retired from NYL after a 30-year career, encouraged and tutored along the way by a handful of folks like Thurman. Thurman called me after Angelyn died and we cried on the phone together.
My husband and I visited in person with Thurman on February 25. He mentioned - again - that I was like the daughter he never had, but mostly, Thurman and my husband talked politics and Civil War history. Five days later, my husband died unexpectedly. I called Thurman and, once again, we cried on the phone together. He told me that he’d loved my husband, too. Will and Don, hope you don’t mind; Andy, we met only once in passing at Don’s ordination, but I hope you don’t mind, either. Thank you for sharing both your parents with me for so many years.
May 15, 2020
Hello Pastor Don, this is Seonwoong Hwang from Nashville Korean UMC. You visited our church a couple years back and worshiped with us while you were attending your seminary.
I am joining a cloud of witnesses in praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss friend. May the peace of God be upon you all as you mourn and celebrate your father's life.
Many blessings onto you,
Associate Pastor at Nashville Korean UMC