Charles Marvin Turley
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HAMPTON - Charles Marvin Turley died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center, Gloucester. At his side was a picture of his beloved wife, Jeanne Yacobi Turley. Marvin passed peacefully with the full knowledge of the love of his family and friends in his heart, and trust in his Maker. Marvin was born May 10, 1924, in Norfolk to Charles A. Turley and Ruth P. Turley. He was a graduate of Newport News High School and Florida Southern University. He served with pride and courage along with his countrymen in World War II as a 'buck' sergeant in the U.S. Army 661st Tank Division, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Marvin taught at Newport News High School and Saint Vincent's Central Catholic High School. He was director of City Recreation and the Hampton Boys' Club. He was director of Youth Activities at Langley Air Force Base. His love for children and sports, and his skills as a coach touched many young people in this community and he will always be loved by those he encountered. He was an enthusiastic gardener, proud of his tomatoes and corn, and always generous with the bounty. Until his health failed, Marvin regularly attended the First United Church of Christ on Todds Lane and was grateful for the support and care that his church provided during his illness. Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, and his sisters, Leona Booth and Ruth Olney. He is survived by his half-brother, Alton Turley of Daytona, Fla.; two nephews, John E. Olney Sr. of Gloucester and Willard W. Olney III of Pinehurst, N.C.; three nieces, Anita Booth Robertson of Newport News, Sylvia Kelley of Key West, Fla., and Ame Hellman of Gordonsville, Va. He is also survived by several great and great-great-nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

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October 26, 2007
Uncle Marvin; I know how happy you must be to be with Aunt Jeannie once again. I am glad you can be so happy together again and now it can really be forever.

You always had a word of wisdom or strong encouragement that encouraged me to do or be something more than average...something better. You and Aunt Jeannie always set a wonderful example of how to be good friends, great relatives and wonderful people.

I admired and appreciated your work with kids and sports programs of all sorts. You knew and demonstrated just how much can be learned from comraderie and competition of any kind. Your example led me to play, referee, umpire, coach and administer youth sports and I know--not unlike you knew, in the end, I got more out of it than the kids. I will never forget your leadership, encouragement and support.

I miss you terribly and wish my son and daughter had the chance to know and appreciate you the way Bert and I did. You were always a wonderful inspiration. At the same time, you never let us settle for second best.

I remember when I was first taller than you. You made a very big deal about it. I had never thought about how tall you were or were not. I could simply not see past your fierce pride and loving heart.

In retrospect, I remember how small and frail you came to be. I will never forget being at your funeral and thinking about the condition your body finished in. I am warmed though with the knowledge that your heart and soul were every bit as strong as they ever were though.

For those who knew you, we mourn your loss. Despite your physical stature, you will always be a giant of a man.

Our loss is so very much Jeannie's gain.

Rest well and give my love to my Mom.

Thank you for everything
October 26, 2007
Thanks to all who have signed this guest book for uncle Marvin. I loved and respected him a great deal too. I think of him and my lovely aunt Jeanne often, and I miss them dearly.
I remember that old swing in the back yard of his house on Apple ave., and how my cousins and I enjoyed visiting with them after fighting for our turn on the swing. He was a kind man who loved the Lord, his wife, and his family, and cherished his dogs.
He saw the horrors of war as a young man in Europe, and I think perhaps that's why he was so dedicated to teaching, and coaching kids. He saw so many good lives cut short during World War II that he wanted to really help people to live full, successful, and happy lives. Just reading some of these wonderful thoughts from people who knew him proves that - He made a difference. I work with a lot of troubled young people and adults as a Public Defender in Virginia Beach. There is nothing wrong with any of my clients that could not have been helped or prevented by the presence of one caring adult in their lives. In honor of my uncle Marvin, if you have a chance to help a young person, do it today. I can think of no better way to honour this man who gave so much to his country and his community.
WE LOVE YOU uncle Marvin, pray for us all.
Sean Yacobi
January 29, 2007
I remember Mr. Turley from St Vincents. He was a very nice man and treated everyone with respect. He will truly be missed.
Shirley Caudill Williamson
January 18, 2007
My deepest sympathies to Coach Turley's family, he was simply the best human being I ever met.
Carol Femiani Hansen
January 11, 2007
I will always have fond memories of "Uncle" Marvin. Since I was adopted, and even though my Mother, Dottie Petty, was Ruth Olney's sister-in-law, I was not blood kin to Marvin. However he always stated to everyone that he was my uncle. Growing up Marvin and "Ruff" always found time to play basketball with Buddy Olney and me. My wife, Nancy "Curtis" Petty, and I have many fond memories of family get togethers with Marvin and Jeanne.
Dick and Nancy Petty _ Raleigh, NC
Dick Petty
January 10, 2007
To the family of Mr.Turley ,sorry for your lost,but be thankful that such a great man was in your life.I was disappointed by him ,while he was my gym coach at St. Vincent's in 1962 when I tried out for the basketball team and he told me I was to short and couldn't play good enough,but the way he told me didn't hurt my feelings and I still went to all the games and enjoyed watching.Thanks Mr.Turley ,for all the jumping jacks and push ups, you will be missed.
Jimmy Seidnitzer
January 8, 2007
Mr Turley was like a father to me and anybody that worked at the rec back in the 50, and earley 60,s after graduating in 61 I went off to usmc but Marvin found out I was getting out in 64 a contacted me to make sure I had a job lined up I will always remember him.
Gary Fitzgerald
January 6, 2007
Knowing Uncle Marvin has been a blessing in my life. Looking back over the years---I just smile when I think of him. He was a down to earth, no frills kind of guy who loved life and revelled in being with the ones loved. He was quick with a joke and a laugh and made others feel good just being in his company. He never minced words or beat around the bush--but shot straight from the hip--but always with a kind heart.There was nothing fancy about Marvin (except for his collection of dapper hats). He loved the simple things in life, his gardening, his collards and showing off his prize home baked country hams which he gave to his doctors and vet at Christmas.Visiting Jeanne and Marvin at Christmas was like walking into a Norman Rockwell setting --with Jeanne's fruit cake, punch and cookies on the dining room table and Marvin's favorite music--the soothing sounds of Barbara Streisand on his old 78's.
Although Marvin and Jeanne never had children of their own, he was a family man in the true sense of the word.Whether it was being a role model for the kids that he coached, or being a husband, brother, brother in law or uncle--Marvin was always there when you needed him. He was completely devoted to his beloved Jeanne, his two sisters, Ruth and Leona and his brother in law, Willard who he affectionately called "Ruff". One of my fondest memories of Uncle Marvin was when he slipped a $100 bill through the window as we were leaving our wedding for Richmond. He said that he wanted us to go out for a really nice dinner and order a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pope. What a guy!! God bless you Marvin and thank you for all the cherished memories....
Marvin, "I love you good"
Martha Smith
January 5, 2007
I first knew Marvin Turley when he worked for the city Recreation Dept. I was in the fifth grade. He refereed my basketball games. I didn't like him. He was tough. He later taught me swimming lessons and the Rec. I didn't like him. When I learned he was coming to my High School, St. Vincent's, to coach the boys basketball team...well, needless to say....I didn't like. First, he had the basketball floor refinished (that was unheard of) Next, he cleaned that room out to the left of the stage and made it his office...that was down right UnAmerican!...that room had NEVER been cleaned out before! He made a lot of changes at St. Vinvent's all for the better...he also changed me and won my heart. The best thing about "Mr. Turley" then was he always called us "kids" Ladies and Gentlemen and treated us with the same respect.

I dont' think most people will ever know the impact he had on the young lives he touched.

He later married my sister, Jeanne, and became my brother-in-law. He and I were very close. When he later worked for Langley Air Force Base we rode to work together every day. He also became my basketball coach when I played for the city of Newport News after high school. He and Jeanne lived on the next street from my parents, Laura and Frank Yacobi or "Boss" and "Mom" as he called them. He was so attentive to both of them...always. He would check on them every day, sometimes twice a day. I will always be very grateful for that.

My Coach, My Mentor, My Brother-in-Law and My Dear Friend, Thank you for all the good times, the lessons, and the values you bestowed on my life. I will miss you terribly.
Cam Yacobi
January 5, 2007
Thank you for being around when I was a young girl growing up. You were always happy with a smile on your face. Thank you for the wonderful memories of the visits to West Palm Beach Fl.
I always looked forward to the summers when we would visit you and Jeanie.
I remember one year, on my birthday, I flew from West Palm Beach to visit with you and Jeanie. You two made it a great birthday. I asked you to take me to Williamsburg for my birthday. On our way you gave me a history quiz and a history lesson. It was fun.
You will be missed, but you are now with Jeanie and our Lord.

Mary"Sissy"Turley Engelking, StepSister
Mary Turley Engelking
January 5, 2007
My Sweet Uncle Marvelous aka Uncle Flush was a caring man. He loved and proudly served our country; he loved my Aunt Jeanne with all his heart; he loved his sports (he was an awesome coach and mentor, in addition to being a great high school football player; he was an amazing gardener; and he was a true friend to all animals.

Uncle Marvelous, I wish you the peace you are so deserving of. A big hug and kiss to you and Aunt Jeanne. I miss you.

With Much Love,

Laura Bateman Walker
Key West, Florida
Laura Walker
January 5, 2007
I have the fondest of memories of Marvin Turley. That is what I knew him by when I worked with him at the Hampton Boys Club. He always wanted only the best for his "boys" as he called them at the Boys Club. He had a great gift in that he always tried to help the youth any way he could. He was also a great co-worker and friend to me and my family. He will be missed by the many young men who were fortunate to come into contact with him.
Patricia Hayes
January 5, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the Turley family. I remember Mr. Turley as the director at the Hampton Boys Club on Kecoughtan Rd. in the 70s. He has effected my life as a young man there and he will surely missed.

George Baxter
January 5, 2007
I worked for Comfort Keepers and had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Turley. I was with Mr. Turley every weekend for about a year. I truely enjoyed listening to his stories of the war and coaching.
I am very sad to find out he is gone, but happy that he is finally with his sweet Jeanie. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, may your memories comfort you.
Jenifer Burke
January 5, 2007
I will always remember Uncle Marvin's terrific sense of humor. He could always bring smiles to the faces of those around him, and had a kind word for everyone he met. He was a true gentleman, who will be dearly missed.
Michael Yacobi
January 4, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

From Mickey Marcella
Newport News High School
Class of 1954
Mickey Marcella
January 4, 2007
Marvin has been a friend of my oldest brother Harry Hilling and my next to oldest brother Billy for many years; and our Hilling family has known Marvin for many years as well. As a kid, I remember Mr. Turley when he was employed by the City of NN in position of director of the Jackson School Gym (maybe the late 50's or early 60's) and he evicted me from the Gym for foul language (the word damn). I recall him saying that he did not tolarate that type of language and furthermore, he knew that my older brothers would not as well.

Whenever I would run into him he always seemed so happy to see me and he was that way with others I'm sure. He was a fine gentleman.

My heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Bobby Hilling
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