Johnnie “Jet” Thurmond


    Johnnie “Jet” Thurmond of Cuba, Missouri was born on Friday, February 6, 1959 in Washington, Missouri to Johnny Henry and Velma Marie Richards Thurmond and passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the age of 62 years, 6 months and 30 days.


    He attended high school in Union, Missouri
    He married Juanita Elizabeth Mincey on April 5, 1986. During their early marriage, they lived in Union and then moved to Cuba, Missouri 25 years ago.
    He worked as an automobile mechanic for a while and then delivered furniture for ABC Investment in Cuba, Missouri for many years.
    Jet loved hunting, fishing, camping and watching wrestling on television.  He played the guitar and sang for family gatherings.  He enjoyed taking care of the farm animals -  chickens, goats, guineas and even fed all the wild animals.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Velma Thurmond; fathers-in-law, Louis Leroy Mincey and Robert Schmittling; and nephew, James Dean Thurmond.
    He is survived by his wife, Juanita Thurmond of Cuba, Missouri; children, Johnna (Steven) Ellis of Leasburg, Missouri, Joseph Thurmond and Juanita Thurmond II of Cuba, Missouri and Susan Thurmond of St. James, Missouri;  sisters, Lisa (Joseph) Lefler of Cuba, Missouri, Brenda Marie (Dale) Krattli of Marshfield, Missouri and Robin (Gary) Eickhoff of  Owensville, Missouri; mother-in-law, Nellie Ann Schmittling of Wood River, Illinois; brothers-in-law, Glenn (Stacie) Mincey and Curtis Mincey of Radford, Virginia and Eddie (Amy) Mincey of Bethalto, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Jerri Ann (Larry) Richardsons of Edwardsville, Illinois and Lisa (Greg) Casper of Pawnee, Illinois; grandchildren, Chauntel (James) Williams of Bolivar, Missouri, Devin Ellis, Avrie Thurmond, Karleigh Thurmond, all of Leasburg, Missouri, Zachary Thurmond, Alexandria “Allie” Wideman and Sammie Dothage, all of Cuba, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    The family chose cremation as his final disposition.
    A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.