Claude E. Thurston, 93, of Sylva, passed away Saturday evening, April 20, 2019.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Claude served during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 104 in Sylva.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, and mother of his children, Genevieve O. Tantor Thurston; his second wife, Sara Street Thurston; and by his brother, Eugene Thurston.

Claude never met a stranger and was loved by everybody who knew him.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Thurston of Maggie Valley, Allen Thurston of Sylva; three grandchildren, Joyce Clark (Jim) of Sylva, Edward Thurston of Sylva, Ashley Thurston of New York; three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Magnus and Miah also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Charles Dean officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.