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NANCY BEADEL TURNAGE, age 99, passed away into the arms of Jesus June 26, 2013. Mrs. Turnage was born November 28, 1913 in Lobdell, MS to the late Ida Annette Jones Beadel and Robert Neill Beadel.
Mrs. Turnage grew up in Benoit, MS and graduated from Benoit High school as Valedictorian in 1931. She attended Delta State Teachers College (1931-1932)and attended finishing school at Grenada College (1932-1933). She returned to Delta State Teachers College, Cleveland, MS (1933-1935), graduating with a BS in Education. She was immediately recommended by the president of Delta State to a teaching position in Lake, MS, where she taught until 1939. She received her permanent teachers certification from Milsaps College in Jackson, MS in 1954, did post graduate course work at LSU Baton Rouge, LA, Texas Women's University in Denton, TX, and Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA. Her professional teaching career of math and sciences spanned over 40 years and she did her best to inspire thousands of students who were fortunate enough to pass through her classrooms.
She was married to William Edward Turnage of Kosciusko, MS, November 1936 at Forest, MS, living in Lake, MS, until they relocated to Jackson in 1939 where they resided until 1961.While living in Jackson she taught school at Enochs, Forest Hill and Oak Forest. Mrs. Turnage worked for ten years as proof reader for the Clarion Ledger/Jackson Daily News. She taught school in St. Francisville, LA 1961 to1969 and in Ruston, LA from 1970 to 1976 when she retired from Lincoln Parish Schools. She continued to instruct for several more years in private schools and as a personal tutor. During this long career, she taught children from elementary to high school, where her focus was math and sciences. She also taught Sunday School for 30 years. In 1996, she moved to Shreveport, LA where she continued to be mentally active and sustained her role as teacher-encourager-sympathizer with her friends of all ages for the rest of her life. Although her aging body often gave her problems, her mind was as sharp as a tack until the day she died. She enjoyed playing board games with friends and family and was extremely competitive -- very seldom did anyone best her. She was always eager to teach others how to play her favorite games, and was an avid reader of whatever had printed pages.
As a two- time breast cancer survivor, she participated in Camp Bluebird programs where she made enduring friendships. She loved her fellow campers dearly. She also loved her wonderful friends in her Sunday School led by Ms. Mary Byars. She was a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church, Forest Hill OES #342, AAUW, LTA, BPW, Alpha Theta Honorary Society, 4-H, Typographical Union, and featured in Personalities of the South.
Mrs. Turnage was predeceased by her husband of 34 years William Edward Turnage, mother Ida Jones Beadel, and father Robert Neill Beadel, brothers John Edgar Beadel, Dan McNeill Beadel and Robert Lee. Beadel.
She is survived by her sister, Neill Beadel Knue of Zionsville, IN, and will be sorely missed by her children Nancy Elizabeth Turnage Clasby of Birmingham, AL, Neill Edward Turnage of Birmingham, AL, Ida Turnage Lee and husband Harlan B. Lee of Shreveport, LA, Jeff Turnage and wife Jimmie Lynn of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by grandchildren, Leo Clasby and wife Denise, of Nederland, CO, Ariane Clasby Tallant and husband Gary of Cumming, GA, Stephanie Clasby Rhymes and husband Clarence of Phoenix City, AL, and her great grandchildren Amber Clasby and Calvin James Rhymes. Mrs. Turnage is also survived by many dearly loved nieces and nephews.
One of her first and last wishes was to love God and one another.
Special thanks to Dr. Dan Moller and the wonderful caring and supportive staff at Live Oak Health Center.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:00am. Private viewing by family at 9:00am, followed by visitation at 9:30am in the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, 2500 Southside Drive, Shreveport, LA. Pastor Murray Hodge of Summer Grove Baptist Church will officiate the funeral.
Mrs. Turnage will be buried next to her late husband William Edward Turnage in a graveside service at 11:00am Wednesday, July 3 at Lakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Boulevard in Jackson, MS.
Owens Memorial Funeral Home of Ruston is directing the funeral processes and anyone may go online at http://www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com/ and sign the guest book.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
2500 Southside Drive
Shreveport, LA 71118
Published in Clarion Ledger on July 2, 2013