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Turner, Claude August

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

Turner, Cornelia Elizabeth (Hooper)

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
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Turner, Earl Kirby

Rock Island Rancher Dies LastFriday

E. K. Turner, retired ranchman of RockIsland, died on last Friday, November 28th at the age of 59years.

Funeral services were held at the FirstBaptist Church in El Campo and burial was in the MyrtleCemetery in Rock Island at 3:30o'clock on Sunday.

Mr. Turner came to Texas at a very earlyage and most of his life was spent in Wharton and Coloradocounties. He was prominent in farming and cattle raising onthe Turner Ranch located ten miles south of Rock Island.About two years ago he retired and since then he has madehis home in El Campo.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Erlene of El Campo, two sons, Carroll of Kansas City andElmer Lee of San Antonio; three grandchildren; two brothersand other relatives.

A large number of friends from nearbytowns, including Houston, Columbus, Eagle Lake, El Campo andGarwood attended the funeral services.

Deepest sympathy is extended the Turnerfamily in their sadness.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 5,1947

Turner, George Allen


Child Playing in Yard Where Father Was Hauling Trash

George AIlen Turner, 3 year and 6 months son of Jim Turner, died Tuesday morning from injuries which he received when a wagon, in which his father was hauling trash, ran across the middle of his body. The accident happened Monday afternoon and the child died a few hours later. The father is almost prostrated with grief.

Mr. Turner was loading trash in the yard and he had told his children to go into the house and had made them stop playing around the wagon fearing that some of them would be hurt. He had stopped his work and carried the little one into the house just before he started out with the load. Thinking the children were all out of danger he started the team and heard a scream. As soon as possible the wagon was stopped and when Mr. Turner got to where he could see the rear wheels he found one of them standing on the baby’s body.

A doctor was called but it soon became apparent that the little fellow’s injuries were fatal and he passed away before many hours were elapsed.

The little body was laid to rest in Odd Fellows’ Rest Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Theo R. Strong, pastor of the local Lutheran church, officiating. The pallbearers were Dick Carrington, Dennis Odom, Lee Hastedt and E. G. Miller.

To the grief stricken parents we extend our deepest sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, February 16, 1923, page 1

Turner, Greene

Green Turner, an aged, respected negro resident of this section, died Saturday night at the home of his son, Sam Turner, in this city, aged about 90 years. The remains were buried here [Paradise Gardens] Sunday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, September 4, 1925, page 3

Turner, James

James Turner Buried In SheridanMon.

Our sympathy to the family of JamesTurner who passed away at the age of 88 years on January 13.Mr. Turner, a former resident of Sheridan, was preceded indeath by his wife. Services were held in the First BaptistChurch of Sheridan at 2 p.m. January 15th, with the Rev.Elder Charles Dart of Ft. Worth in charge. Interment was inthe Cheatham Cemetery nearSheridan.

Mr. Turner is survived by one daughter,Mrs. Vivian Perry of Ball, La., five sons, Ray of Ft. Worth,Texas, Roy of Jonestown, Texas; Chester of Corona, Calif., Glen of Athens, Texas, an Harold Turner of Charleston, N.C.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 18,1973

Turner, James Elmer

James E. Turner Died in ElCampo

Rock Island--James Elmer Turner, 74,former resident here years ago, was buried here in Myrtlecemetery Tuesday morning, He diedof traffic accident injuries Monday in an El Campo hospital.

Mr. Turner, retired carpenter, who livedon Route 1, El Campo, was hit by a car driven by George Raunin El Campo last Saturday.

The dead man was a brother of the late E.K. Turner, well-known in Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8,1959

Turner, Laura Irene (Amos)

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

Turner, Lauralea

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
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Turner, Linzie L.

Turner Funeral

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

Turner, Margaret (Neal)

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 o’clock.

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 Austin’s 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

Turner, Patricia “Patsy” (Wasicek) Pagel Weishuhn

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
Submitted by John Konesheck

Turner, Raymond R.

Raymond Turner

Last rites for Raymond R. Turner, 52, of Columbus were held at Henneke Funeral Home Nov. 20, with The Rev. L. G. Wehman officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Turner, a veteran of World War II, died In the Veterans Hospital In Houston Monday. He was born in Columbus Oct. 4, 1922, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Turner. He was a carpenter by trade and a member of the Lutheran Church. He never married.

Survivor's include his parents of Columbus; 2 sisters, Mrs. Terry W Kotzebue of Columbus and Mrs. Donald Ready of Ponce, Puerto Rico; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers wore Daryl Ready, W. C. Templeton, Harry Divin, Jack Rau, Gilbert Girndt and Ed Machinsky.

Colorado Citizen, November 21, 1974

Turner, Sam


Sam Turner (colored), 87, died last Friday. Funeral services were held at the St. James Church on Sunday, May 13, with Rev. A. A. Coates officiating. Interment was in the colored people’s cemetery near town.

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1945, page 1

Turner, unknown child

Columbus, Texas, September 16,--A child of Mr. Turner of Glidden died of an affection with symptoms similar to diphtheria a few days ago and another child in the family is now suffering similarly. This second case is pronounced by Dr. Harrison, Jr., to be diphtheria. Anti-diphteritic serum is being employed and hopes are entertained for its recovery. The county judge has no authority to declare a quarantine until he can assemble the commissioners court and no legal steps have been taken in the matter. D. Harrison has suggested a voluntary quarantine by the members of the household and the citizens of Glidden which is being observed. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 23, 1899
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