Mr. Elroy Turner was born to the Mr. and Mrs. Dale and Alice Turner on Oct. 3, 1935, in Pflugerville, Texas. He was reared in a loving Christian home and accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age.
Mr. Turner enlisted in the United States Army in 1954.While in the service of this country, he spent four years overseas in Korea, and was honorably discharge
d in 1958.
On Aug. 29, 1959, Elroy was united in holy matrimony to Miss Betty J. Kirksey of Lockhart, and to this glorious union, they were blessed with four daughters. He was a loving protector and caring husband. As a father he stressed family ties and taught his family and friends that no goal was beyond their abilities.
Despite his many interests and successes, his proudest accomplishment was the development of his children and family. His pride in their diversity and their interests were the highlight of his life. His indomitable spirit and positive outlook survive him and extend through the lives of children and grandchildren. He was a selfless and loving individual who always saw the best in everyone. Even during his last days, he tried to comfort his family and others that he knew would grieve for him.
Elroy Turner knew that when he left his earthly home, he would be escorted into the presence of God. We are at peace and comforted knowing Elroy is free of the pain and suffering caused by leukemia. He did not lose the battle with leukemia, but won the great prize of eternal life. He enjoyed all seasons of the year but spring was very special.
This is the time he would till his soil, fertilize, weed and plant a beautiful garden, and watch it grow. Not only did he provide the fruit of his labor for his family, but to neighbors and friends. All his other multiple talents included: re-staining furniture, building a deck, hanging wallpaper, or just plain sitting around talking about good days of a truck driver on the radio trying to make it home.
In addition to his parents, Elroy was preceded in death by three brothers: Gene, Robert and Dale; and three sisters: Victoria, Lillie Mae and Idale.
He leaves to cherish and honor his memory a most loving, kind and devoted wife of 49 years, Mrs. Betty Turner of Austin; dear and caring children: Sandra and Gerald Hayes, of Austin, Kathie Rose Turner-Hall, of Round Rock, Mareen and Claude Hill, of Round Rock, Michelle and Curtis Jefferies, of Round Rock, Denise Latanya and Tunde Afolayan, of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Gwendolyn Payne-Jackson, of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren: Dustin Jackson, Fola, Mayowa and Tunde Afolayan, Justin, Morgan and Elyce Hill, Jeffrey and Kelli Hall, George Caldwell, and Cymone and Cynde, Jeffries; one great-grandchild, Savian Jackson; three sisters: Stella Shaw, Cora Lee Hynes and Gybret Williams; nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.
A visitation was held at Eeds Funeral Home on Friday, April 3, 2009, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturday morning before the funeral service. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Eeds Funeral Home with Rev. Jack C. Gause and Rev. Foster Roberts officiating. Interment followed at Lockhart City Cemetery.
Serving as the pallbearers were: Curtis Jeffries, Larry Shaw, Paul Rhodes, Chris Wheatfall, Tony Shaw, Matthew Tolbert and Clement Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were: Steve Davis, Sr., Richard Harrison, Jeffrey Hall, Sr., and Ronnie Williams.
All arrangements with Eeds Funeral Home, 408 S. Main St., Lockhart, Texas 78644. (512) 398-2343