Dr. Frank Oren Thetford, Jr., age 74 of Christina TN died Friday July 11, 2014, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Thetford was a long time resident of The Bridge in Monteagle TN. He was the son of the late Frank Thetford, Sr. and Jeanette Cogdell Thetford, and was a native of El Paso, TX.
He is survived by his wife, Sonja Sue Swiger Thetford of Christiana; children, Beverly Ann McMurry and husband Scott of Lawrence KS, Sherry Lea Schnarre and husband Karl Ed of Snohomish, WA, Suzette Michelle Perez and husband Anthony of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Austin, Dylan, and Dawson Schnarre, James, Andrea, and Jason Montgomery; siblings, Laura Dean Heath and husband Gerry of Onley, TX, William Brian Thetford and wife Kit of Victoria TX. Dr. Thetford was a 1957 graduate of Comfort High School in Comfort TX. He was a veteran of United States Army specializing in Intelligence and Army Language School. Dr. Thetford was 1968 graduate of Texas A&I University, in Kingsville with a BS in Animal Husbandry, a 1970 graduate of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces with a Masters Degree in Animal Nutrition and Range Management. He was 1975 graduate of Oregon State University of Corvallis with his PhD in Range Management and Animal Nutrition. After his education Dr. Thethford taught at North Dakota State University, Fargo 1975-1977, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater 1977-1983, USAID, Washington, DC assigned to Mogadishu, Somalia 1984-1989.Dr. Thetford was a patient, compassionate, intelligent man who loved his family, friends, students, and animals with all his heart. He truly enjoyed reading, teaching all those he encountered the value of reading, the enjoyment of reading variable genre of material and to appreciate books. The same can be said for the animals he encountered. A herd of wild cows would become docile pets under his management. He encouraged everyone to obtain as much education as possible and to be employed in a field they enjoyed for then it wouldn’t be work, only pure enjoyment. He relished the many aspects of agriculture, especially the research projects in which he participated. He was an excellent “steward of the land” and wanted to use, but conserve, it for future generations. He was a devoted Christian, read the Bible cover or cover, prayed daily and led his family in Christian activates and policies, especially the part about relentless giving with no expectation of any type of return. He was a Sunday School Teacher and Member of Cripple Creek Presbyterian Church.Funeral service wil be at a Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home, Kirbyville TX. Burial in Davis Cemetery in Jasper County TX. Family and Friends will be pallbearers. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Davis Cemetery Association at Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home, 111 S Margaret Ave, Kirbyville, TX 75956Visitation with the family will be 2PM-6PM Sunday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. 615-893-5151 www.woodfinchapel.com