AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, August 25, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, Ms. Barbara A. Thurmond of Cornell Drive. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Sheffie Rouse, officiating. Interment will be in Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery, Tignall, GA. Ms. Thurmond was born in Augusta, Georgia on March 19, 1950 to the late Mr. Ernest Thurmond and Mrs. Lillian Cade Thurmond. Barbara was baptized at Tabernacle Baptist Church at an early age. She received her early education from the Richmond County School System and was a proud graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School Class of 1968. Barbara was employed as a Neonatal ICU Nurse at the Medical College of Georgia and a Neurology nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Institute, New York, New York from which she medically retired. In June 1991, she andher sister were inspired to create Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. The motivation for the inception of this organization was the high number of homicides in the black community. Some Blacks Against Black Crimes activities included: victim's rights advocacy, the "Stop the Killing" campaign, college scholarships and the "Think Bigger" programs in Jennings Homes, Gilbert Manor and Underwood Homes. Some of the organizations that recognized her work included: Essence Magazine, The National Council of Negro Women, the Georgia Black Legislative Caucus, the Georgia House of Representatives, the State of Georgia and the City of Augusta. In 2004, Barbara's memoirs were penned in her book, "Joy In My Heart: My Journey From Hopelessness to Happiness". She leave memories that will be forever cherished in the hearts of her loved ones: her mother, Mrs. Lillian C. Thurmond, Augusta, Georgia; one son, George (Deidra) Johnson, Trenton, South Carolina; two daughters, Antoinette (Rev. Da'Henri) Thurmond, Augusta, Georgia and Aquanetta (James) Betts, Pikesville, Maryland; one brother, Darrell Thurmond, Augusta, Georgia; one sister, Earnestine (John) Covington, Augusta, Georgia; four grandchildren, Da'Henri Ramsey Thurmond, Jr., Barbara Maxine Thurmond, Evan Tanks Johnson and Bailie Tanks Johnson; one niece, Ericka (Jessie) Covington-Wright; one nephew, Ernest (Angela) Covington; and a host of cousins, other relatives and dear friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.
The Augusta Chronicle-September 1, 2006
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