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Lt. Col (Ret.)  James S. Turner

Obituary for Lt. Col (Ret.) James S. Turner

January 22, 1938 - January 27, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 80

Rather than saying he was a true Texan, it is probably more accurate to say he was a true American.

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Lt. Col (Ret.) James S. Turner passed away peacefully on 27 Jan 2018, just five days after his 80th birthday. He was born to parents Seal and Maud Turner in Pleasanton, Texas, where he learned to hunt, work cattle, and love the Lord. In short, he was a true Texan. A superb athlete (and one of the "Big Five"), he excelled in high school athletics and met his future bride Mary Ann, there in Pleasanton. After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in mathematics, Jim entered the United States Air Force where he proudly served for 27 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Don Turner.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Turner; two sons, M. Scott Turner and his wife, D'Lisa of Virginia; Todd A. Turner and his wife, Tricia of San Antonio; and grandchildren Ranger, Nikki, Cayla and Ali Turner.

Jim was a man whose words matched his actions, whether regarding his faith, his family, or his work. He was a great example to everyone, especially his sons; he modeled authentic Christian character. He graciously served in numerous capacities at several churches, wherever the Air Force sent him. Whether as a deacon, youth leader or choir member, he was a faithful ambassador for Christ. In the Air Force he flew over 100 combat missions over Vietnam and his B-52 aircrew was twice honored as the best in the Air Force. He was later a lead figure in the research and development of several key combat aircraft enhancements. After his Air Force retirement, Jim worked successfully as a defense contractor and a financial planner. He loved his family and repeatedly put them first over his own career advancement. There was also no doubt he was a Patriot, flying the American flag at his house every day for over 35 years and standing up for the values that make our country great. Rather than saying he was a true Texan, it is probably more accurate to say he was a true American.

There will be a visitation at Porter Loring Mortuary North from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
12:30
PARKHILLS BAPTIST CHURCH
17747 SAN PEDRO AVE.

Internment will be at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery earlier in the morning.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Castle Hills Baptist Church or Parkhills Baptist Church.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Castle Hills Baptist Church or Parkhills Baptist Church.

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