Terry Joe Thurman, fondly known as Joe, entered this world on May 4, 1955, in Newport, Rhode Island, the proud fourth child among six siblings. He spent his early years in Cambridge, Maryland and attended school there until the untimely passing of his mother in 1969. With their father, the family moved to Washington DC, where Terry continued his education, attending Frederick Douglas middle school and Ballou high school. Even as a young kid, Terry was industrious and always found jobs to keep himself engaged.\n\nAfter exploring various opportunities, Terry joined the National Institute of Health (NIH) and served there diligently for 19 years. His hard work allowed him to indulge in his passion for cars, acquiring new ones every six months or so during those years. Upon early retirement, Terry returned to Cambridge, Maryland, where he had spent cherished moments in his life.\n\nOn July 16, 2023, Terry peacefully passed away, leaving a void in the lives of all who knew him. Over the years, Terry faced internal struggles and hardships, leading him to disconnect from the simple comforts of life that most cherish. He sought help from counselors and law enforcement at times when life became overwhelming. Through rehabilitation, counseling, and support from social programs, he found moments of hope. However, the path to recovery proved to be a challenging one.\n\nTerry was known for his radiant happiness, always holding a Coca-Cola in his hand, cracking jokes, and rhyming with a smile on his face. Music was his passion, and he often found solace in visiting Bethel Church.\n\nHe will be deeply missed by his siblings, Thomas Henry Jr., Reggie E., and Ollie N. Thurman-Loving, as well as by his nephew Leroy J. Sampson Jr., nephew Angelo M. Loving II, and nieces Donna Sampson, Nikida LaTrice Thurman, and Fallon Nicole Loving. Terry also leaves behind a host of family members, friends, and acquaintances whose lives he touched.\n\nTerry Joe Thurman now joins his mother, Barbara N. Thurman, father, Tom H. Thurman, brother Michael F. Thurman, and sister Marcia A. Thurman in eternal rest.\n\nAs we bid farewell to Terry, let us cherish the memories of his infectious joy and indomitable spirit. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory live on forever in our hearts.