Wallace C. "Wally" Turner Jr. (1933 - 2018)

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Wallace C Turner Jr peacefully passed away at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Baton Rouge, La. at the age of 85.
Wally, as he was often known, is survived by son, Wallace Charles Tyrone (Ty) Turner, of Baton Rouge, La., daughters Cathy Lundin Niemeyer of Pensacola, Fla. and Nancy Lundin of Milwaukee, Wis., a sister Marilyn Guyton of Winter Garden, Fla., a brother, Douglas D Turner of Edwards, Miss. and one granddaughter, Elise Niemeyer, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his 2 twin sons, Cy Jerome and William Tyrone Turner, his father, Mr Wallace C Turner Sr and mother, Mrs Nettie Turner both of Vicksburg, Miss., as well as three wives, Nan Jean Cashman, Catherine Farmer and Barbara Gautreaux.
Wally was born on January 12, 1933 in Lake Providence, La. His family moved to Vicksburg a few months after his birth, as his father worked building the Mississippi River Levee. He attended Carr Central High School in Vicksburg, Miss., and was employed by Agrico Chemical, in Donaldsonville, La. Before marrying, Wally served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was an Eagle Scout, a competitive tennis player, chess player and swimmer, as well as a very good fisherman. He loved working in his workshop making all sorts of incredible things and raising his garden, of which he was most proud. He, like his father loved a good joke. He loved spending time on Eagle Lake, just north of Vicksburg, Miss., fishing with his son, Ty. Wally was an extremely brilliant man, so much so that after retiring from 30 years at Agrico, they called him back for consulting work. As his wife, Catherine always said, "they can't run that plant without Wallace"! Wally will be missed, by his friends and family, but after suffering for 9 long months with advanced Parkinson's disease, the family is relieved that their prayers were answered and he is finally at peace. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Caaws of Baton Rouge (Caaws.org), as Mr Turner was a lifelong lover of cats and all of God's creatures, big and small.There will be no official ceremony, Wally would just tell everyone to go out and have a beer or coffee and remember him for the Great man that he was.
Published in Gonzales Weekly Citizen from Mar. 19 to Mar. 29, 2018
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