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Tamara Thurman honored in service

By Staff
Sept. 11 victim died at Pentagon
By Lydia Grimes Lifestyles reporter
The observance of Sept. 11 went almost unnoticed this year in Brewton but one place took time to remember one of their own.
St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, located on Pea Ridge Road, had a special memorial service Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. for Sgt. Tamara Thurman who was killed at the Pentagon that fateful day two years ago.
Church members were joined by family and friends to remember and renew their feelings of patriotism with music and prayer.
Tamara Thurman, 25, graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1994 and entered the U.S. Army. She served in Bosnia, Korea and Germany before being posted to the Pentagon as assistant secretary to the Army's chief of personnel about a year before her death. Her office was located near the area of impact when a hijacked plane plunged into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. She was killed along with 183 others in the Pentagon, 2,702 in the World Trade Center and 40 passengers plus crew in a Pennsylvania rural area.
The last two years have been painful ones for the her family. They decided to remember her in a quiet service at the church rather than in a public ceremony. Her mother, Saundra Woolen, said that it hasn't been that long since the attack but time is a healer. A younger daughter, Deandrea, is 17 and a senior at W.S. Neal High School. She, like her older sister, has decided to join the military when graduates.