SNOW HILL - Mrs. Mary Thomas Turnage, 84, died Wednesday, November 13, 2012. A native of the Lizzie Community of Greene County, she was born September 15, 1928, the daughter of Roy H. Thomas and Martha Belle Smith Thomas. Mrs. Turnage was a graduate of the Maury High School where she was a star player on the girl's basketball team. Following marriage to her late husband, Edwin Arlendo Turnage, they made their home in the Arba Community where she resided until her death. Mrs. Turnage was a member of Hull Road Original Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at the chapel of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service with the Reverend Leon Grubbs officiating. A private family committal service will be held later at the Snow Hill Cemetery. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Turnage was also preceded in death by her siblings, Hooker Thomas, Mamie T. Marsh, Nathan Thomas, Bill Thomas, Margaret T. Sugg, Lewis Thomas and Dorothy Ann Thomas. Her surviving family includes her daughters, Susan T. Ferguson of Siler City and Donna T. Adkins and husband Bill, of Cary; grandson Jeff R. Ferguson of Siler City; sisters Louise T. Jenkins of Concord, Caroline T. Beddard of Snow Hill and Jean T. Jones of Farmville; sisters-in-law Sybil J. Thomas of Snow Hill, Jackie C. Thomas of Morehead City, and Evelyn Thomas Cole of Farmville; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends immediately following the service on Saturday and other times at the Turnage residence. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Asera Care Hospice, 502 Red Banks Road, Suite B Greenville, NC 27858. Online condolences may be expressed at taylor-tyson.com. Arrangements are by Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2012