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Terence Lee "Terry" Turner

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August 11, 1946 –August 8, 2013
ODESSA Terry passed away three days before his 67th birthday after a long and courageous fight against Vietnam-related illnesses. He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Jack L. Turner, and mother, Ludee H. Turner, both long-time residents of Odessa. He is survived by his loving wife and soul-mate, Patricia Turner of Odessa; son, Toby Turner (Megan) of Round Rock; brother, Jeff Turner (Cherry) of Fair Oaks Ranch; sister, Nancy Teal Turner-Young (Robert) of Ramona, California; step-daughter, Candice King of Odessa; 3 grandchildren; extended family of in-laws, nephews, nieces and his ever faithful side-kick, Fuzzbucket. He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and after moves to Pensacola, Florida, Santa Ana, California, St. Louis, Missouri, and Houston, eventually came to Odessa in 1952. He attended Permian High School, Schreiner Military Institute, Schreiner College and Trinity University. Terry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Sergeant and member of the 2nd Battalion/4th Marines/3rd Marine Division. This unit was one of the most decorated of the war, and became known as the Magnificent Bastards for its fighting ability. Terry was a true hero, he earned a bronze star and three purple hearts in combat. He also suffered exposure to Agent Orange, which was eventually attributed to his illnesses. After an honorable discharge from the Marines, Terry returned home to Odessa and enjoyed working for Barnco, Inc. and Medical Center Hospital, where he met Pat. She became the love of his life, and then his best caregiver when he became ill. Terry is known as "T" to his family and friends, and will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit, and love of family. But, mostly he will be remembered for his remarkable sense of humor, which will sustain all that knew him forever. Terry was also a very private man, and requested only a small memorial service consisting of his immediate family. This will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers or other tributes, he also requested donations be made to Home Hospice of Odessa, Shepherds For Lost Sheep Inc., and The Justin Hager Memorial Fund for Prude Ranch campers c/o Kathy Hager, P.O. Box 9, Picacho, NM 88343, and Dancers Without Partners. The family wishes to thank Kathy Hager, Shelly and the entire Home Hospice staff of Odessa.
Published in Odessa American on Aug. 15, 2013
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