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#865365 - 08/12/08 04:49 PM Thurman's Taxidermy
The Ol'Professor
6 Point

Registered: 04/16/08
Posts: 934
Loc: Mid TN

Living in Knoxville about 8 or 9 years ago, my son caught a dandy bass. Took it to Thurman's and he did an excellent job mounting it (it looks just as good as the day we picked it up from him). Wife and I were in Knoxville yesterday and I was nosing around Gander Mountain and saw several mounts with "in memory of Thurman's Taxidermy." Asked one of the guys there and he said he'd passed. Too bad, he was a real artist. Any of you E TN folks know any details of his death?
The wealthy man can get hunting anyhow, but the man of small means is dependent solely upon wise and well-executed game laws for his enjoyment of the sturdy pleasure of the chase. Theodore Roosevelt

#865529 - 08/12/08 06:29 PM Re: Thurman's Taxidermy [Re: The Ol'Professor]
18 Point

Registered: 03/12/99
Posts: 21393
Loc: lenoir city,tn

melvin was a great guy. i had known him since he owned the boat dock below ft. loudon dam. i have 4 fish and a deer that he did for me over the years. i think he was found dead in his studio. he is missed. \:\(

#865655 - 08/12/08 07:29 PM Re: Thurman's Taxidermy [Re: stik]
4 Point

Registered: 06/26/06
Posts: 203
Loc: East Tenn

He was doing a coyote mount for me when he passed. Not knowing I called his house two days after his passing and ask to speak to him. God did I feel bad. Heck I still feel bad about it.
#866764 - 08/13/08 02:02 PM Re: Thurman's Taxidermy [Re: The Ol'Professor]
Supreme Hunting Outdoors Pro Staff

Registered: 03/09/06
Posts: 51392
Loc: Cumberland Plateau

Got mine done at A & B Taxidermy in Cookeville...

I highly reccommend him he knows what one looks like!!! ;\)
<(((< Bowfish or NO FISH!

#867611 - 08/13/08 09:02 PM Re: Thurman's Taxidermy [Re: spitndrum]
8 Point

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 1656
Loc: Maryville, TN

I heard a couple of months ago that Thurman's son is taking over the business. I don't know anything about his work though.
#874084 - 08/18/08 04:12 PM Re: Thurman's Taxidermy [Re: Nhill]
Crow Terminator
TnDeer Old Timer
14 Point

Registered: 10/23/99
Posts: 9029
Loc: McMinn County

He done two of my deer and both of them came back very very nice. When I killed my 10 pointer last year there was no doubt who I was going to take it to...and that's when I found out about him passing. I heard he died of a heart attack. I hated to hear that; he was a very good taxidermist. I think he done better on deer and turkeys than he did fish. We took him a 6 pound Smallmouth to have mounted for my dad. When we got it back, it looks like a 2 1/2 pounder.

I had heard though from several people that knew him that he would do that with mounts that people did not come and pick up. Say for example someone brought a fish in to have mounted and he done it and called the person and they never came to claim it. Well he had a fish mount with no home which meant no money for him, so instead of doing another fish he would just call the next person on the list that had one about that size and say their fish was done and toss the one in the freezer.

I always paid him up front with my deer when I'd drop them off. He might have had a whole freezer full of heads ahead of mine but he always said "you have priority over those" because I would pay in full up front. Back in '03 I killed a nice 9 point and took it to him in early December. Paid him in full when I dropped it off and he showed me his freezer. The whole walk in freezer was full and he said "you just got priority over all those in there". I had my finished mount by February and was able to take it to the TnDeer Vous to have it scored. I had to take my 10 pointer to another guy. That was back in January of this year. I ain't heard anything back from him yet.

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