Charles Edwin Turk

Mr. Charles Edwin Turk, 78, of Maple St., Sardis City, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at his residence due to complications arising from brain cancer.
Services will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. at McRae Funeral Chapel. Bro. Mike Goforth and Bro. Alan Hallmark will officiate with interment to follow in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Mr. Turk was born on April 15, 1935, to Harry and Edna Turk in Boaz. He attended Boaz High School, Snead State Junior College and served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1956-59, primarily stationed in Ulm, Germany. Upon returning home, he met and married his wife of 53 years, Gail Noojin Turk, of Gadsden, on Nov. 21, 1959. The couple started their family in Gadsden and later moved to Sardis City in 1968, where he became involved as a volunteer fireman and policeman, Water Board member, and held various officer positions in multiple athletic organizations, and was a member of Sardis Baptist Church. Throughout the years, he provided for education and nurturing of his family as a millwright in the steel mill in Gadsden. He retired after 42 years of dedicated employment in 2000. He was a fixture supporting and coaching local youth sports and enjoyed hunting, Alabama football and spending time with his family. As he did throughout his life, he managed to display bravery, love, spirituality and a continuous concern for his family, friends and caretakers during his courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Turk is survived by his wife, Gail Noojin Turk of Sardis City; sons and daughter-in-law, Terry and Jennifer Turk, Tim Turk and Dr. Mark Turk, all of Sardis City; grandchildren, Jay, Cody and Josie Turk; sisters, Wilma Byrd of Sardis City and Maurine Baswell of Daphne.
Mr. Turk was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Edna Turk; brother, Jack Turk.
Pallbearers will be David Byrd, Bob Heard, Jack Baswell, Bobby Wright, Thomas Shields and John David.
Honorary pallbearers will be R.L. Parris and Tommy Batson.
He was the ultimate husband, father and friend. His example is a sermon to all who follow his steps.

Published in The Gadsden Times on June 24, 2013