Lorrie Lynn “LuLu” Smith Thurman

Lorrie Lynn “LuLu” Smith Thurman, of Dayton, passed away on Monday, Sept. 6,2021, at the age of 48 at Rhea Medical Center after a long struggle with her health. She was a lifelong resident of Dayton.

Lorrie was born a legend to the greatest parents, William E. and Donna M. Smith, on Jan. 11, 1973, in Dayton. She grew up as the second eldest of gour and attended and graduated from Rhea County High School. In April 12 2007, she married the love of her life, Thomas Thurman Jr. Lorrie was truly one of a kind and an amazing woman. She dedicated her life to helping and caring for others. She was the best big sister anyone could ever want or have. Best friend Kimberly Poff was so impacted by her she came home with her and we adopted her into the family where she became Lorrie's sister.

Lorrie was a life long caregiver, mother to ALL, daughter, wife, sister, niece, cousin, aunt and friend. She was beloved by many and helped to raise, nurture and impact many children: Warren E. Smith, Breann and Chris Salinas, Hunter Poff, Daniel Allen Smith “Danny-boy,” Aaliyah Nelson, Eric Wetherbee, Bentley and C.J Salinas, Kinzlee Mae Parks, Destiny Lockhart, Morgan Allen, Tracie Shannon, Kayla Mears, Christina Fiztgerald, Tristan Hood and many more. You all were the Joy of her life.

Lorrie is survived by her husband, Thomas Thurman Jr.; mom and dad, William and Donna Smith; mother-in-law, Juanita Thurman; brother, Matthew (Angela Smith); sister, Elisa Smith (John Ducommun); brother, Tim Smith (Christy Sullivan); brother, Fred Poff (Kimberly Poff); sisters, Rachel Conner, Michelle Sneed and Sarah Clark; and many favorite aunts, uncles and cousins that she loved so very much.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Trester E. Smith and Dorthy Mae Smith; grandparents, Warren Burchard and Muriel Posey Burchard; uncles, Warren Allen Burchard, Tom Paul; and aunts, Leatha Weatherbee and Diane Burchard.

Memorial services for Lorrie Lynn Smith Thurman will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery where her ashes will be laid to rest on Saturday Sept. 18, 2021, at 10 a.m. Social distancing and masks are encouraged.