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Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr.

1934 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Turner Maurice Gauntt Jr. Obituary
Gauntt Jr., Turner Maurice Turner Maurice Gauntt, Jr., was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 18, 1934. He departed this life on January 24, 2014, to join his father, Turner Maurice Gauntt, Sr., his mother, Marguerite McKinzie Gauntt, and sister, Lilibeth Gauntt Tidmore who predeceased him. He spent most of his early life in Athens, Texas, and graduated from Athens High School. While there he excelled both academically and on the sports field. Among his accomplishments were National Honor Society, President of the Key Club, All District Football and Basketball Teams, Captain of both teams, Captain of the Athletic Association. Recipient of the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award, President of the Senior Class and Most Handsome. He was considered one of the best quarterbacks in Texas. His excellent high school career, led to an appointment to The United States Military Academy at West Point. While there he played football under the legendary, Colonel (Coach) Earl Blake, throughout his four years. As a senior, he was chosen Company Commander of I1 Company and was awarded the Trill Prize for Best Company and was applauded for his leadership. Upon graduation he entered the Airforce. His first training base was Hondo, Texas, and while there he met Janice Agee Gauntt while she was attending Trinity University in San Antonio. They were married on December 22, 1957. He ultimately chose to fly with the Strategic Air Command, and was one of the first to fly the revolutionary, B-58 Hustler at Mach II (or twice the speed of sound). Deciding on a career change after eight years in the military, the couple returned to Texas. Turner joined Braniff Airlines, ultimately moving into the Captain's seat until 1982. Translating his love of flight, he became an instructor with Higher Power Aviation in Grand Prairie Texas until 2012. In addition, he flew for ConocoPhillips in Alaska, from whom he received an award for his Leadership, Professionalism and Exemplary Contribution in 2012. He received, also, The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award from the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration in 2006. Also, he became a Texas Real Estate Broker and opened his first office in Euless, Texas, in 1968, along with wife, Janice. He was the first to purchase a real estate franchise, Red Carpet Realtors. Ultimately, the award winning company, moved to Eagle Mountain Lake and became Century 21 Lake Country which is now owned by son, Tim Gauntt, as well as, a second office in Colleyville. He is survived by wife, Janice, his son and wife, Tim (Turner M. Gauntt, III) and Roslyn Early Gauntt, daughter and actress, Janine Gauntt Turner, and grandchildren Tiffany Gauntt, Turner M. Gauntt IV, Bobby Gauntt and Juliette Turner. His family loved and adored him and wish him blue skies and tailwinds forever. The Viewing Reception will be at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home at 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX, on Tuesday night, January 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the Funeral service will be at Compass Church at 2600 Hall Johnson Rd., Colleyville, TX 76034 at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Should friends wish to make memorial donations, suggestions would be The or Constituting America at P.O. Box 1988, Colleyville, TX 76034.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 28, 2014
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