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Jerry N. Turman

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Jerry N. Turman Jerry N. Turman of Austin, Texas passed away July 6, 2013 at his home in Austin of pancreatic cancer. He was 86. He was born in Tyler, Texas to William and Floreta Turman. When Jerry was nine years old, his father passed away and young Jerry began helping run the Turman Dairy Farm with his mother in Tyler. He worked seven days a week, milking the cows, cleaning the equipment, and delivering the milk before school. After serving in the US Navy as Quarter Master aboard a Destroyer escort stationed in the Pacific during WWII, he joined the Air Force reserve and retired as a Major. When Jerry returned to Tyler he met his future wife, Norma, at her parent's grocery store. They were married in December of 1948 and they moved to Austin where he attended the University of Texas, earning a Bachelor's of Business Administration. He was employed at Southwestern Bell for over 35 years. Jerry and Norma had three children, Gayland, Scott, and Laurie. As he neared retirement, Jerry began his second career as an actor in print, television, and film. His lifelong love of the movies led to a creative outlet for Jerry that lasted the rest of his life. His first role was a feature- length movie, shot in Austin. He starred in a Bluebell commercial that is a family favorite and went on to act in numerous feature length films, UT productions, and an award-winning short, Archer, which he co-wrote. Jerry Turman was a founding member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and served as a deacon and elder. He was an active professional in telephone company organizations, and served Travis Country twice as a member of the Grand Jury. Jerry is preceded in death by his wife Norma and his brother Thomas. He is survived by his brother Edgar Turman of Tyler and by his three children and their families: Gayland and Roger Williams, Eric and Taylor; Scott and Nicki Turman, Joy and Henry Flores, Robin and Nathan Barde; Laurie and Ray Young, Reed Gaskin, Hollie and Joe Kramer, Chad and LeeAnn Young, Ben and Tracy Young, Rodney Young, Cory and Tanee Young; and several great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank his close friend Mary Shook for her kind companionship. Thanks also to Hospice Austin. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Tuesday, the 9th of July 2013, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A memorial service will be conducted at twelve o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 10th of July 2013, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A private interment will take place in Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Texas. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.



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Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 8 to July 9, 2013
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