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Kermit Thacker

October 12, 1936 — January 21, 2021

Kermit Thacker entered this world on October 12, 1936, and he stepped into heaven on January 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm. He was born to Ballard and Olva Thacker. He was their fifth child, a part of a set of twin boys. Kermit and his twin Ken were their parents second set of twins. His twin sisters Ernestine and Christine, were born 10 years earlier. Kermit always felt it was a special thing to be a twin.


Kermit was raised in Fedscreek, Kentucky and graduated from Pikeville, Kentucky in 1954. After graduation he went to school to become a barber. Kermit worked in different barber shops in the Pikeville area and found barbering to be something he really enjoyed. Shortly after becoming a barber, he was drafted into the army. Kermit spent six years proudly serving his country. When his service ended he moved to Chicago to look for work. In Chicago he found much more than work. He found and married the love of his life, Bonnie Gilliam. Kermit and Bonnie remained in Chicago until 1972, at which time they decided to move to the cornfields of northwest Ohio. There Kermit worked for the General Motors foundry for 27 years retiring in 1999.


Kermit and Bonnie were blessed with three daughters Tamatha, Denise, and Crystal and one son named Matthew. From those blessings came eight grandchildren. Zac, Alesha, Tyler, Brooke, Brittany, Breanna (twins!) Brayden, Ava, and one great grandchild, Lily. Kermit loved being a dad, granddad, and great granddad. To Kermit a well lived life involved providing for his family and those he loved, working hard, and living a clean life. When he wasn’t working hard, he enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, university of Kentucky basketball, playing cards, pitching horseshoe, traveling, going to family reunions, listening to old country music like Loretta Lynn, and making new friends. He loved kids, history, joking around, and telling stories and riddles.  Kermit was very proud of the life created and lived with Bonnie by his side. There is no question the first words he heard when he stepped into heaven were “well done my good and faithful servant.” Kermit was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend. Kermit will be greatly missed by family and friends. We will miss his warm smile, friendly, personality, and his random jokes until we get to see him again.


He was preceded by his parents Ballard and Olva Mae (Belcher) Thacker; brothers, Laverne William Thacker, Elray Thacker, and Ken Thacker; sisters Ernestine (Thacker) Williamson, Christine (Thacker) Justice; and grandson, Alexander Shaw Miller.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bonnie Thacker; son, Matthew Thacker; daughters, Denise Miller, Tamatha Lehman, and Crystal Thacker; his eight grandchildren, and great grandchild.


Funeral service will be held Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm. at Countryside Funeral Home in Anthony, Florida. Burial service will follow at 2:00 pm. at Highlands Cemetery, Ocala, Florida. Visitation will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 from 5-7 pm at Countryside Funeral Home in Anthony, Florida.


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, January 25, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Countryside Funeral Home Chapel

9185 NE Jacksonville Rd, Anthony, FL 32617

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Countryside Funeral Home Chapel

9185 NE Jacksonville Rd, Anthony, FL 32617

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Interment following funeral service

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Highland Memorial Park

1515 NE 3rd St, Ocala, FL 34470

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