Rev. Ralph Thurman Albertson

August 11, 1923July 19, 2014
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Rev. Ralph Thurman Albertson, 90, of Thomasville, departed from his earthly home to join the Heavenly Host on July 19, 2014 at the Hinkle Hospice Home. Rev. Albertson was born on August 11, 1923 in Guilford County to the late William Ernest and Lauretta McCauley Albertson. On December 14, 1941, he married the former Lillie Marie Nifong, who preceded him in death on June 16, 2007. Following their marriage, Rev. Albertson entered the United States Navy, serving in World War II. Rev. Albertson was called to full time ministerial service and graduated from Olivet Nazarene College, south of Chicago. Upon graduation, he, Marie and Bud moved to Canada to serve in “Home Missions” for the Church of the Nazarene in Eastern Canada from 1951 until 1987. Upon their retirement they returned home to their North Carolina roots, where he and Marie attended Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church. Surviving are his children, Catherine Williams and her husband Kenneth of Ridgecrest, NC, and C.R. “Bud” Albertson and his wife Phyllis of Thomasville; three grandchildren, Norman Albertson of Winston-Salem, Melodie Warren of Candler, and Andrew McGruder and his wife Colleen of Charlotte; three great grandchildren, Ethan, Eli, and Tate; and his sister, Lauretta Hunt of Winterville, NC. A celebration of Rev. Albertson’s life will be held at 3 pm Monday in the Bethany Hall of Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville with Rev. Dr. E. Keith Carroll and Rev. Marty Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in Bethany Hall. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Jesus Film Harvest Partners, 15055 W. 116 Street, Olathe KS 66062. (each $3.00 Results in another soul reached for Christ) Online condolences may be made on Rev. Albertson’s memorial page at Arrangements by Thomasville Funeral Home.


  • Celebration of Rev. Albertson's Life Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, July 21, 2014

Rev. Ralph Thurman Albertson

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August 2, 2014

Cathy and family, we are sending our sympathy in the loss of your Dad. Reading his obituary was a blessing to us. He was a man that was called to serve Christ, and he did just that! What a rich heritage! Our love, Gail and Bill Hutto ( Ridgecrest volunteers)

July 29, 2014

Sorry to hear of you dad's passing. God bless you and your family.
Paul Benson

Jim & Mary Ann Currey

July 27, 2014

We were so sorry to hear about your dad. With deepest sympathy,
Jim & Mary Ann Currey

Carol Carpenter

July 27, 2014

I am praying for you.

July 26, 2014

Just got word from Norman & Phyllis of Mr Albertsons passing. So sorry to hear. He was a wonderful friend and pastor to all of us here in Lutes Mountain. Dear friends to my parents(Clarence & Carrie Trites) and to Cedric and I. Cedric enjoyed working with him in ministry (especially singing together)..............caring thoughts to all the family......Love, Cedric and Marina

Carolyn Suits

July 25, 2014

Very sorry too hear of your lost

Margaret Steinacker

July 21, 2014

We are sorry to hear about your Dad's passing, yet take comfort in the fact that he is now living a pain-free glorious life. Praying for you as you go through this transition.

David McGruder

July 21, 2014

Was sad to hear about Ralph's passing. I am sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.