Just as the hearse entered the West Gate of Fairview Cemetery, a
forty-year-old John Deere entered through the East Gate and
proceeded toward the cortege. The hearse stopped near the freshly
Pallbearers lifted the casket, then carried it to its final
The like-new old tractor, now parked nearby, sat running quietly
at slow idling cadence.
The Minister offered the closing prayer.
No bugler ever blew ‘Taps’ any sweeter than old
JOHNNY’S muffled salute. To our departed restorer: Fitting
We buried Bobby Thurman Friday, December 23, 1994.
Bobby was a popular member and frequent exhibitor of the Georgia
Antique Engine Club. Fellow members were pallbearers.
Bobby’s happy grin and helpful hands will be sadly missed.
Three years ago, Bobby was very ill; not expected to live; however
he survived and regained his love of ‘OLD IRON.’ Family and
friends believe this enjoyment served as medicine which prolonged
his life. Our deceased friend was highly skilled and very
knowledgeable of engines and tractors. The JOHN DEERE at his
funeral had generous application of those skills.