Walter Thurmond died Thursday, May 3, 2012. I have limited information now, but am informed that
- Visitation will be Monday, May 7, at 6-8pm at Forest Park Westheimer located at 12800 Westheimer right past Dairy Ashford.
- The Memorial service will be Tuesday, May 8, at 11am at the chapel of Houston First Baptist Church located on the south side of the interchange between I-10 and the Loop 610 West. Street address is 7401 Katy Freeway.
Walter Belden Thurmond Long-time Houston resident Walter Belden Thurmond, a great dad, beloved husband, accomplished tax attorney and lover of life, died May 3 of a sudden heart attack. He was 57.
Walter was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but he spent much of his youth in Weslaco, Texas, and on the beaches of South Padre Island. He was affectionately known as "Wat" to family and many friends.
At Baylor University, he started his list of academic credentials with a B.B.A. in accounting. He also met Kathryn Narum, who became his wife and co-Baylor Bear fan for the next 35 years. Without fail they attended games every year in support of their alma mater. The two brightest lights of his life were his children, Elissa Thurmond Arnold and Timothy Gould Thurmond.
When Elissa began violin lessons, it didn't suffice to simply drop her off with the instructor. He bought a violin of his own and took lessons along-side her in support of their shared passion for music. He immersed himself in classical music and would become the Houston Youth Symphony President, a job that included chaperoning the orchestra to New York City's Carnegie Hall.
When his children took up sports, he simultaneously coached both teams. He was described as the "most fun coach" for his novel and involved efforts in the dugout and on the field. His vocal, inspiring and persistent style led both his children's teams to numerous championships.