Prisoner Is Found Dead At Columbus
C. A. Turner, 53, Eagle Lake farmer, was found dead in a cell at the Colorado County jail Monday by Deputy Sheriff A. A. Wheeler when he went to take the prisoners their breakfast. Inquest was conducted by Justice A. W. Hahn, who returned a verdict of suicide.
Turner had hanged himself with his own belt after writing a letter to a brother, R. J. Turner of Kenedy, requesting a “final favor”.
Turner was being held on a charge of rape., pending action of the grand jury. The wife and eight children are among survivors. [Interment in Garwood Cemetery]
Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1944, page 1
Mrs. E.K. Turner, age 45 years passed away in the El Campo Hospital, Saturday evening following a short illness and was buried Sunday afternoon in Myrtle Cemetery. Rev. John L. Sheppard, Baptist Minister, conducted the services. Mrs. Turner professed faith in Christ early in life. She was a lovely Christian character, a devoted wife and mother and her passing brings heartaches and sorrow to her home and community. She is survived by her husband, E.K. Turner; one daughter, Earlene, and a son, Billie Powell; two brothers, Don Hooper of this place and John Hooper of Greenville, Texas. The floral offerings were beautiful. A large number of friends from El Campo, Garwood, Houston, Edna, Columbus and Eagle Lake and other towns were in attendance.
Colorado County Citizens; February 1940
At 2;55 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2002,God dispatched an angel from heaven to go to Rice MedicalCenter's Room 107 in Eagle Lake to release His servant LauraIrene Turner from bondage of her illness and set herfree.
Laura was born in Colorado County onSeptember 6, 1906 to James and Rosie Irene Amos, the firstof four children. She attended grade school in ColoradoCounty.
She met and fell in love with Neal Turnerand they were united in holy matrimony in 1925, remainingmarried for 54 years. To this union, 18 children wereborn.
Laura accepted Christ at an early age andwas baptized. She united with Rising Star Baptist Church andlater moved her membership to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church,where she remained an active, faithful and dedicated memberuntil the Lord called her home.
She served as a Sunday school teacher,k aDeaconess, President of the Mission for many years, and sheserved on the Mother Board, giving Godly advise to all shecame in contact with.
Laura's life was a life well lived. Sheexemplified the character of a true born=again Christian.She attended church regularly until her health failed. WhenLaura lost her sight, she continued to praise the Lord. Sheloved to go to church and was always praising the Lord inthe service.
Laura did not sit quietly, she leteveryone know that God ha]d been good to her. She servedas President of the Community Friday Night Prayer Band formany years. The Prayer Band met every Friday night androtated from house to house in the New Towncommunity.
She loved to read the word of God. Whenshe lost her sight, she still enjoyed the word of god beingread to her. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23; herfavorite song was " I shall Not Be Moved", and her favoritesaying was, "Lord don't leave me."
Laura kept a smile on her face.l Wheneveryou would visit her or just call and talk with her, shewould say, "Please pray for m." She was always saying,"Don't leave me Jesus", and "Lord heal me."
She was known for her pleasant smile andher good cooking. Laura made everyone welcome. When anyonecame to her house, they knew that they were welcome at hertable invited or uninvited. She loved cooking and eatinggood food.
Laura was a great soldier and a verystrong lady. She reared two grandchildren, Laura Gail Hornand Bobbie Joe Turner Jr., in addition to her 18 childrenand instilled the love of God in their hearts.
This was a life well lived, Laura was awoman that endured sound doctrine...she fought the goodfight, she kept the faith, and she finished the course. Nowshe is gone to live with the Lord eternally inglory.
She was preceded in death by her parents;her husband Neal Sr. on December 8, 1979; and sixchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are daughtersand sons -in-law, Ella Mae Booker, Emma Love and JohnGriffin of Houston, Aggie Ward, Jessie Banks of Garwood,Delores and Alvin Milligan of Eagle Lake, Cora B. andCharles Brown, Irene and Frank Bryant of Los Angeles,California; sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew Turner, BenEarl and Zealerstine Turner, Bobbie Jr. and Cynthia Turner,Roosevelt Turner, Earnest Leroy Turner, Marion Turner,Margaret Turner of Houston, Georgia Turner of Bartell; onebrother, Jessie Amos of La Marque; a sister-in-law, MargaretAmos; 41 grandchildren, Gail, Barbara Ann, Arnett, Alicia,David, Terry, Delores, Oswald, Rochelle, Clifton, Linda,Rita, Bobbie Jr., Robbin, Rodney, Monica, Cogg, Janell,Marvin, Zellous, Robert Chorlene, Leslie, Theresa, Jackie,James Jr., Reggie, Christopher, Rosemary, Anthony M., Alvin,Machelle, Charles Anthony, Kenton, Gregory, Carol, Tammie,Tavata and Reginald; 61 great=grandchildren; a host ofgreat-great-grandchildren; a host of other nieces, nephews,relatives and friends; tow long-time friends, Sylvia Howardand Louvine Chavis; and long-time specialcaregivers.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m.Wednesday, February 27, from Mt. Carmel Missionary BaptistChurch in Reasal Bend with Rev. Paul Barrows, pastor,officiating.
Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery.
Services were entrusted to Ben DavisFuneral Home of Columbus.
Pallbearers were Bobbie J. Jr., Robert,Oswald, Zedious and Clifton turner; Leslie Griffin; James C.Boddie Jr.; Alwin Milligan; Elbert Reed; and Cogg Norres
Honorary pall bearers were Jessie and E.J. Amos; Ben, Roosevelt, Andrew, Bobbie Joe Sr. and EarnestLeroy Turner...
Eagle Lake Headlight, March 7,2002
Last Rites For Miss Turner In El Campo Sat.
Another large gathering of classmates, relatives and friends assembled at the Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 27th, to pay final respects to Miss Lauralea Turner.
Roy Balkom, minister of the Church of Christ of El Campo and Dr. D. D. Tidwell of Waco, Texas, an uncle of Lauralea, officiated at the services.
The choir of El Campo Church of Christ sang favorite hymns during the services.
Miss Turner was placed to a final resting place in the Garden of Memories Cemetery near El Campo. Serving as pallbearers were Truman Engstrom, Harry Priesmeyer, Coy Ramsey, Terry Lanier and Roger Stienke of Garwood and Ricky Kirk of Sheridan
Lauralea was born April 27, 1954 the daughter of B. F. and Dorothy Draper Turner in El Campo, Texas. She attended Garwood school and for the past two years was on outstanding member of the Rice High School Student Body. She was salutatorian of the Class of 1972 and excelled in sports during her high school career, both in tennis and basketball. She as a member of the church of Christ in El Campo.
Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Turner of Garwood; one brother Randy, a student at the University of Texas; a maternal grandmother Mrs. Mabel Draper of Conroe and a number of aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.
Eagle Lake Headlight June 1, 1972, page 1
Linzie L. Turner of Eagle Lake, a half-brother of Mrs. Adolph Schultz of New Ulm, passed away last Monday night in a Houston hospital.
Funeral Services were held last Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home followed by interment in Lakeside Cemetery.
Mr. Turner had been associated for many years with the Texas Construction Materials Company, later the Lone Star Cement Co. plant in Eagle Lake. He retired from the company in 1964,
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. L. L. (Ruth) Turner of Eagle Lake; one daughter, Prim, of Tampa, Florida; three half-sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Fojtik of Columbus, Mrs. Lucille Bryant of Alta Loma, Texas and Mrs. Adolph Schultz of New Ulm; two half-brothers, Walter Richter of Weatherford and Ben Henicke of Beeville; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
New Ulm Enterprise, June 3, 1971
Mrs. Margaret Neal Turner died in Columbus Tuesday, August 9th, and funeral services will be held for her at 2p.m. today, Thursday, in Columbus; with gravesides service and interment in the Wharton City Cemetery at approximately 3:30 oclock.
Margaret Neal was born in Colorado County near Columbus November 26th, 1877, the daughter of William F. and Laura Ann Wright Neal, who was a descendant of Abram Alley, a member of Austins Colony. James E. Carlton and Dr. W. J. Wright are other prominent pioneer Texans who were her forebears. She attended Columbus schools and the Coronal Institute in San Marcos.
Her only child, Mary Davidson Wright died in 1926, leaving two children, Elizabeth Ann, an infant, and Mary Margaret, then six years old, whom Mrs. Turner reared in Columbus, where she moved form San Antonio in 1932. Her husband Robert H. Turner died a number of years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church, Daughter of the American Revolution and of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her sisters, Mrs. J. J. Everett of Alleyton, Mrs. Nina Neal Shannon of Houston, Mrs. L. D, Clements of Wharton and a brother, Gail Neal of Wharton.
Submitted by Laura Ann Rau
Patricia Patsy Turner
Patricia "Patsy" Turner, age 59, of Garwood, passed away on December 5, from injuries from an auto accident near Marlin, Texas.
She was born on September 8, 1947 in East Bernard to Rudolph and Millie Maly Wasicek.
She was the owner of His and Hers Salon in Garwood as well as owner and operator of Garwood Sporting Clays with her husband Randy. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Patsy is survived by her husband, Randy Turner of Garwood; daughters, Danette Huvar of Garwood, Rachel Sunderman of Eagle Lake and Amanda Weishuhn of Fort Worth; sons, Dwayne Pagel of Garwood, Darrell Pagel of Eagle Lake and Jeremy Weishuhn of Dallas; sisters, Betty Hlavaty of Pearland, Dorothy Mader of Hillje and Shirley Fajkus of El Campo; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; previous husband, Frederick "Bobby" Weishuhn; and brother, Richard Wasicek.
Visitation was held Friday, December 8 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
A wake service was held at 7 p.m., Friday, December 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada.
Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Guerra officiating. [Interment in Lehrer Memorial Cemetery]
Memorials in memory of Patsy Turner may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department or to the American Cancer Society.
Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.
Eagle Lake Headlight, December 21, 2006
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