Lt. Col. Russell Barry Turpin, USMC-Ret., 62, of Goode, passed away Aug. 19, 2014. He was born July 25, 1952 in Lynchburg, VA, the son of Emma Rhodes Abbott of Bedford and the late Russell Cridlin Turpin. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Barry was a lifelong public servant. He was commissioned as an officer of the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years of service. As a Marine, he served as Commanding Officer of the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to teach history and government at EC Glass High School, and enjoyed helping to mold the lives of his students. Barry was active within his community as a member of Oakland United Methodist Church, as a former Assistant Scout Master with Troop 183, and as the former Commandant of the Marine Corps League, Lynchburg Detachment. A lifelong farmer, he continued to care for the lands that had been in his family for generations. He took great pride in his family, friends, and community. In addition to his mother, Barry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Barbara McAllister Turpin; his daughter, Anna Turpin Kanter and her husband, Jonathan of Alexandria, and his son, Benjamin Wilkes Turpin of Richmond; his sister, Joy Turpin Texter and her husband John, of Heathsville; his step-mother, Shirley Turpin; his step-brother, John Sullivan and his wife, Nina; three nephews; and many friends, relatives, and fellow Marines. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland United Methodist Church, 2465 Goode Station Rd., Goode, VA 24556 or the Marine Corps League Building Fund, 2337 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501. A celebration of Barryâ€™s life was conducted at 2 PM, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in the Tharp Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Thomas officiating. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Bedford, 540.586.3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2014