Robert (Bobby) J. Thurston, 40 of Ashville, OH, passed away peacefully at Grant Hospital in Columbus on Wednesday. September 29, 2021 with his family and friends gathered around him. Bobby was born in London, OH on April 15, 1981 to Robert J. Thurston and Cindi (Coomer) Price, weighing in at only 4 lbs. He was a 1999 graduate of Teays Valley High School where he excelled at both Football as Defensive Tackle and Wrestling where he was a 2-time state placer in the Wrestling Heavyweight division (1998 & 1999) setting the record of being the first to place twice at state from Teays Valley. He was a member of the TV Athletic Hall of Fame. Bobby worked construction for the JF Company of Hilliard and was a co-owner of Ten Mile Inn in Galloway. He coached Viking Elite Wrestling and Teays Valley Youth Football. He was a devoted father who loved coaching and going to his son, Joey’s sporting events, family vacations, and riding his Harley.
Bobby is survived by his beloved son Joey who was his pride and joy; Joey’s girlfriend Jocelyn Canter; father Robert J. Thurston, mother Cindi Price, stepfather Tim Price, brothers Ryan (Anna) Thurston and Kyle Thurston, sister Lynnsi (Derek) Barnett; girlfriend Jessica Mateer and her son Jaxson; Joey’s mom Sabrina Siriano; grandparents Betty J. Mastin, Ruth and Paul Stonerock; step siblings Tony (Lareesa) Price, Tory (Mackenzie) Price, Tom Price and Heather (Rob) Miller; nephews and niece Carter, Chase and Emma Barnett; best friends, Chad & Jackie Havens, Russ Sturgell, Johnnie Bowen (aka Worm); his canine companion Thor; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; a number of close high school friends along with many other friends. He was preceded in death by grandfathers John D. Coomer, Jr. and John J. Mastin; grandmother Evelyn Coomer; cousin Jessica Skidmore; aunt and uncle Sue and Bruce Cassidy; step sibling Timmy Price.
Special Thanks to the Staff at Grant Medical Center for their excellent care. The family request in lieu of flowers contributions in Bobby’s memory be made to: Teays Valley Vikings Football Program, 3887 S.R. 752, Ashville, Ohio 43103. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 6th from 3-8 p.m. and 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7th prior to A Celebration of Bobby’s Life Service at 11 a.m. at the Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home, 420 W. Main St. Ashville with Pastor Randy Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, London, OH. Online condolences to olivercheekfuneralhome.com