Tom E. Turner, Jr.

  • Born: December 11, 1935
  • Died: January 18, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Tom E. Turner, Jr., husband, father of four and Chairman of TETCO, Inc., entered eternal rest January 18, 2019, at the age of 83, following a courageous battle with Glioblastoma. He passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side. Tom was born December 11, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas to Mary and Tom Turner, Sr. As a young boy, Tom, Jr. moved with his family to San Antonio where his father had sought and found employment in the midst of the Great Depression. By his teen years, Tom, Jr. was working alongside his father who, by that time, had successfully established his own company, Sigmor Shamrock Corporation. Together with his parents and younger brother, Fred, Tom worked to build the company into a national leader in the convenience store industry. By the time it was sold to Diamond Shamrock in 1983, the company consisted of 577 stores in 20 states. Within 10 years of that sale, Turner and family re-entered the convenience store arena in the form of a partnership with Mobil Oil. The venture was branded TETCO Stores, a name that carried the initials of both father and son as well as the name of their company. In just over a decade, Tom Turner, Jr. oversaw the growth of TETCO Stores to the point that it, too, was sought out and purchased by a globally-recognized brand, 7-Eleven. Until his passing, Turner remained active in the family business and served as Chairman of TETCO, Inc. which remains a privately-held company now including members of the family's fourth generation among its ranks.

During his early years working in the family business, Tom also attended and graduated from Jefferson High School and Trinity University. On June 8, 1956, he married the love of his life, Billie Lee. Together they had four sons, T.J., Chris, Gary and Jon. In 1979, second-born son, Chris, was tragically killed in an accident his senior year of high school. Tom, as well as his family, never got over the loss. His family finds great comfort knowing that the two are now reunited in Heaven.

Tom will be most remembered for his deep love, loyalty and devotion to Billie, his wife of 62 years. During their marriage, Tom seldom spent time away from Billie Lee. When he had to travel for business, he did his best to take her with him. He was a dedicated father to his sons, encouraging them to play all sports, and loved attending their games. As a believer in the right and ability to defend oneself, Tom personally taught each of his boys the sport of boxing. His sons have said their father was a perfect role model, inspiring them to become the husbands and fathers they are today. Family always came first no matter what. Tom's most memorable times were the family's annual trips to Pebble Beach and Walt Disney World for over 45 years.

Everyone who knew Tom knew that golf, guns and classic cars were his passions. It was not unusual for his neighbors and employees to see him drive a different car each day of the week. As a young man, Tom fell in love with the game of golf. A natural athlete, he was a scratch golfer and played every week for 50+ years. It was his passion for golf that led the family to establish and develop Sonterra Country Club in 1986.

Tom was a member of Sonterra Country Club, Oak Hills Country Club, The Petroleum Club and The Rotary Club of San Antonio. He was also a proud supporter of the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo's Scholarship Program, the San Antonio Police Department's Blue Santa Program, Returning Heroes Home, Wounded Warriors and Shriner's Hospital for Children. He served on numerous boards including The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), the founding Board of Governors for The Club at Sonterra, the International Foundation for Junior Golf (IFJG), Southern Texas PGA, the University of Texas Health Science Center, Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and numerous banking institutions.

Tom was preceded in death by son, Christian Lee Turner; grandson and namesake Thomas Andrew Kendrick Turner; parents Tom and Mary Turner; and brother, Fred Turner. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billie Lee; his sons, Tom "T.J." Turner IV and wife, Christine, Gary Turner and wife, Celeste, Jon Turner and wife, Shannon; grandchildren, Kelly Angle and husband, Blake, Tommie Turner, Christian Turner, Sydney Turner and Blair Turner; as well as sister-in-law, Mary Jones and husband, Charles; sister-in-law, Wandita Ford Turner; nieces and nephews, Rick Turner, Richard Turner, Milissa Turner Goodgion, Melanie Turner Reitmeyer and Tom O. Turner; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Christopher Bogaev and Dr. Lisa Fichtel for their care and compassion throughout Tom's battle with cancer. A special thank you is extended to caregivers Chris Cruz, Jose Serafin, Luis Campos and Ernesto Regalado for their tireless hours and loving care given to Tom in his final months.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, January 31st from 3:00-6:00p.m. at The Club at Sonterra with a special time of remembrance to begin at 4:30p.m. The family held a private service and burial. Honorary pallbearers were Tom's beloved sons, his cherished nieces and nephews and lifelong family friends, Carl Voelkel and Shirley Ahr. The family requests that memorial donations be made to The American Cancer Society, 8115 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Your family in our thoughts and prayers. Shirlee Bumpass family

Posted by Shirlee Bumpass - Houston, TX   February 01, 2019

My heart is so sad. I think of the whole Turner family often. For a big part of my life you were my family and for that I am forever grateful. My heartfelt sympathies are with everyone. He will be missed. Love, Sharon Gray

Posted by Sharon Gray - Georgetown, TX   January 31, 2019

To the Turner family:
Although I haven't seen Tommy Jr for many years, I think of him, his Dad all the time. I was an employee for several years and enjoyed a lasting relationship with Tom,Sr for many, many years. My thoughts go out to each and every member of the family. Sorry I am out of town today. May God rest his soul. --JAM-- Joe Miller

Posted by Joe Miller    January 31, 2019

My condolences to the family. May the wonderful memories of your loved one comfort you until the God of love promises are fulfilled. 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14

Posted by A friend   January 30, 2019


Not only did I have the honor and pleasure to work for this wonderful man, but was also welcomed as a dear friend to the entireTurner family. Tom will truly be missed by many of us. During this time our sincere condolences and prayers to all his loved ones. James and Tina Strikos

Posted by James Strikos - Helotes, TX - Friend   January 29, 2019

What a fabulous man who has always been an inspiration to my husband Henry and my self . God bless the wonderful family. Love and sympathy Marjorie and Henry Christopher.

Posted by Henry Christopher - San antonio, TX - acquaintance   January 29, 2019


My heartfelt condolences to the Turner family. May our precious Father comfort you during this difficult time. RIP Mr. Turner.

Posted by Yvonne Meza - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 29, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2019

Sending condolences and prayers to the family. May the family be comforted during this time of sympathy.

Posted by Esmeralda Williams - San Antonio, TX   January 29, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. I hope that God's promise at 1Thessalonians 4:13,14 bring you comfort and knowing that theres a hope for our love ones .

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He suffered long enough and is finally at peace.
The Turner family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Gregg Muenster - SAN ANTONIO, TX - Friend   January 28, 2019

I was allowed to be part of the Sigmor team from the time I was 15 (1971) to 26. The lessons I learned and the compassion I developed during those year, are instilled in me today. Tom, Jr and Carl Voelkel were a vital part of developing moral and ethical treatment of others and all my day to day experiences and journeys of life. It is with great sympathy that I extend my true condolences to Tom's family and friends! He was a man among men and will be missed and remembered by many for years to Come.
Larry E. Davies
Ex Team Member
Hutto, TX

Posted by Larry Davies - Hutto, TX - Coworker   January 28, 2019

My sister and I are very fortunate to have worked for the Turner Family. I began working with them in 1969, retired in 2010. My sister retired in 2014. And when I say we worked with them, that is always the way they made you feel...not like you worked for them. They have had a strong influence on both our lives, and we are better individuals for it. Our hearts share this time with you. Please know that we think of you always and remember you all with great affection. God bless you Billie for always being Tom's biggest cheerleader, and strongest family influence. The world is a better place because of you.

Posted by Dollie & Donna - TX - Coworker   January 27, 2019

It is with deepest sympathy that I wish you, family and friends of Tom Turner, strength to sustain you during this difficult time and healing that soothes both mind and spirit. God bless you all.

Posted by Margaret Blackmon Scott - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   January 27, 2019

Billie, family and friends of Tom Turner, it is in deepest sympathy that I wish you strength to sustain you during this difficult time and healing that soothes both mind and spirit.

Posted by Margaret Blackmon Scott - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   January 27, 2019

I am one of the fortunate many who worked for the Turner family. I wish that everyone could experience working for the type of organization the Turners built. The Company was built for family - by family - and every employee was made to feel a part of something very unique and special. My deepest thanks to Mr Turner and the entire Turner family for 18 years of work life that I had never experienced prior and doubt to experience again. A great loss on Earth is a great gain for God's kingdom.

Posted by Ernie Hooks - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   January 26, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Turnrer family. God bless.

Posted by jimmy hidy - san antonio, TX - Friend   January 26, 2019

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a great boss and friend during the time we worked together planning and developing Sonterra, along with the club and golf course. My sincere condolences to Billie and all the family.

Posted by Ray Faircloth - Lufkin, TX   January 26, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family. I first met tom in February of 1972,at that time he hired me as the first supervisor of the Louisiana div. I had just retired from the military,and for the next 24 yrs I had a second career,because of tom. He was a kind person and a great family man. He will dearly missed. Weber Elaine Borrell Retied Diamond Shamrock.

Posted by Weber Borrell - Lafayette, LA - Coworker   January 26, 2019

Mr. Turner was a good man. I worked for his family for many years. I always felt appreciated and in some ways almost like extended family, as I'm sure a lot of us who worked for Mr. Turner felt. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Rick Jelinek - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 26, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. He was a wonderfully kind man. His sons are just as wonderful. I am proud to say I worked for the Turner Family for 20 years. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely Richard and Kim Ferguson. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Kim Ferguson - McKinney, TX - Coworker   January 26, 2019

Mr. Turner was a great mentor for me early on in my career, loved working for him and staying in contact with him until the present. He will be missed.

Posted by Marvin Jones - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 25, 2019

Gary, Celeste and Sydney,
May God hold you in his hands during this difficult time. May thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Barron

Posted by Linda Barron - San Antono, TX   January 25, 2019

Dear Billie so sorry to hear about Tommy my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Terry Cheatwood

Posted by Terry Cheatwood - San antonio, TX   January 25, 2019

We want to thank Mr. Turner for all that he has done for the SA Rodeo through the years.

Posted by Mell Janes - San Antonio, TX   January 25, 2019

So sorry for your loss and my deepest condolences to all the family. I was fortunate enough to have worked with this man for several years -truly an inspiration to all. You will be dearly missed! Hugs and prayers to all the family members.

Posted by Dee Dee Weaver - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 25, 2019


Dear Turner Family,
I was filled with deep personal sadness when I learned of Mr. Turner's passing. I cannot adequately express the amount of respect and admiration I had for him. He was such a fine gentleman...polite,
courteous, and caring. He had a profound impact on the thousands of people that were blessed to know him. He is proudly gazing down from above at the wonderful family he helped to create. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. I am glad I got to know him. May God bless each of you during this sad and difficult time.

Posted by George Dennis, Jr. - San Antoniotonio, TX - Family Friend   January 24, 2019

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