Obituary: Terrell C. Turner

Obituary: Terrell C. Turner

By / Obituaries / الأربعاء, 04 تشرين2/نوفمبر 2015 05:00

Terrell (Terry) C. Turner, a fifth-generation North Carolinian, died at age 69 late last week at his Kure Beach home.  His early childhood was in Winston-Salem but he moved with his parents to Southport in 1959, Carolina Beach in 1961 and two years later, to Kure Beach.  He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1964 and was a member of the track team.  He studied several years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inspired by Louis Rubin’s course in 20th century fiction.  He was later drafted into the Army and was assigned to Seoul, South Korea, working in communications.  He reached the rank of sergeant E5.  He worked in data processing for UNC in the 1970s and later, a cook at the Crow’s Nest in Kure Beach. After his mother died in 1978, he was caretaker of his father for a decade.
Terry was the son of the late Reginald Turner and Marie Terrell Turner, who were public school administrators and teachers.  His oldest brother, James R. Turner of Greensboro, pre-deceased him.  He is survived by two brothers: Wilfred Turner and wife, Elena, of New Bern; Walter Turner and wife Pamela of Wadesboro, N.C.; nieces Susannah Harvell of  Greensboro and Natalie Turner of Austin, TX; and nephews William Turner of Charlotte and Eric Turner of New Bern.
His passion was following UNC-CH basketball teams.  He loved old movies (such as Casablanca), classic rock, and folk rock, especially Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.  Terry was a beloved brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him.
The funeral will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Carolina Beach at 3pm on Thursday, November 5th with Rev. Shawn Blackwelder officiating.  
Novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote that “You can’t go home again.”  Even though the Turner family lived in various towns and cities in North Carolina, Terry Turner and his family loved the community of Kure Beach.  Except for the army years, Terry’s home was here for 50 years.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
Andrews Market Street Chapel

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