From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Rice, Annie Bessie Branham Thurman

(born: December 2, 1921  -  died: August 7, 2003) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

September 6, 1944


Annie Bessie Branham Thurman was married to James C. Thurman when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in Ancestry. She was born in Hickman, KY, the daughter of James Thomas Branham and Carrie Beatrice Whitley Branham. She was living with her parents when the family was enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census and still living in Hickman when she enlisted in the Army.

After her military career, as late as 1959, Annie and her husband James were living in South Bend, IN. The couple had divorced when Annie was working as a nurse's aide in South Bend; she married George Henry Rice, Sr., also from Hickman, in 1987. Annie Bessie Branham Thurman Rice was a widow when she died in South Bend, IN in 2003. She is buried in the Portage Manor Cemetery.

Sources: U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; Indiana Marriage Certificates in Ancestry; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; 1939 Kentucky Death Certificate of Walter W. Thurman (son) in Ancestry; and Polk's South Bend and Mishawaka (St. Joseph County, IND.) City Directory, 1959, p. 578.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Fulton County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Hickman, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name

Item Relations

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NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Polk's South Bend (St. Joseph County, Ind.) city directory, including Mishawaka

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