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Myra Brooks Turner

Knoxville, TN

Myra Brooks Turner passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Parkwest Hospital surrounded by her family.

Myra Brooks-Turner is an educator, an award-winning composer, professional pianist and freelance writer.

Having started musical training at The Juilliard School in New York City at age twelve, she holds bachelors and masters honors degrees with piano, theory and composition from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A professional composer and musical director in Dallas, Myra wrote TV commercials and directed recording sessions.

Writing and producing three musicals while at Southern Methodist University, she served as Composer-In-Residence for Birmingham Children's Theatre, writing and directing six more stage musicals. Her post graduate study in piano performance was with Italian Maestro Paul Vellucci in Dallas, Texas, a descendant student of Frederic Chopin.

Myra has taught at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, Maryville College of Performing Arts and The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Owner and creative entity of MBT Productions, she also owns and operates The Myra Brooks-Turner Studio of Music in Knoxville, Tennessee where she taught voice, piano and composition.

Myra is a recipient of the Award of Merit from the Tennessee Arts Commission as "an outstanding member of the cultural force of the State of Tennessee who has helped to nurture and develop the arts in Tennessee." The Marquis Who's Who Publications Board recognized Myra in Who's Who in the World.

Myra is survived by her husband, of 57 years, Ron. Daughters Stacy (LB) Steele, Cheryl Walker, and Teresa (Charles) Basler. Grandchildren Millicent, Sally, Macy, Anna, Sydney, Zachary, and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Paul D. and Lillie R. Brooks and brother Donny.

There will be a liturgical service at 4 pm Thursday, October 12 at the Church of Ascension with a receiving of friends to follow in the Fellowship Hall from 5 pm to 7 pm to celebrate Myra's life. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery for the entombment at 11 am Friday, October 13.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Myra's name to the Church of Ascension, 800 S Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Online condolences may be received at Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2017.
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January 27, 2018
Myra had a regular column and featured composition in Junior Keynotes national magazine when I served as editor. It was a pleasure to work with her. She even dedicated a piece to me! I have missed our interaction and am sorry to hear of her passing. Sending prayers of comfort to her family and friends.
Jean Moffatt
October 31, 2017
Myra Turner taught piano to my daughter Erin during her high school years. She was a loving mentor and friend. Erin cried when she heard about Myra's passing. A wonderful woman in every way.
Robin Hutchins
October 13, 2017
Cheryl, She was a beautiful person and radiated upon you.
October 11, 2017
Teri, I marveled in reading all that your Mom had accomplished in music during her lifetime. She was truly an icon and obviously left quite a legacy. We're left to wonder why it was not possible for her to go on living forever. On a lighter note, I still have the pizza casserole recipe she wrote out for me because Kay loved it so much. Maybe I should make it again soon just to reminisce. I know of your almost unbearable sadness, but perhaps memories of happier times will ease your pain in time.

Love you sweet friend ....
Freda Kempson
October 10, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Myra was a true friend and mentor to me. I loved our many conversations we shared and hearing her perform at the piano. She truly was a special lady. I am so sorry I am out of town and won't be able to attend her service. I know how much her compositions meant to her so if you would like her files preserved I would like to help with that. Prayers for your family.
Jeanne Costello
October 10, 2017
I am so blessed to have been one of Mrs. Turner's students. She taught me to be a musician rather than just a pianist. She inspired me to play with expression and to interpret the beauty of the music rather than just playing the notes. I was blessed to have known her. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family. She was a great lady.
Barbara (Williams) Bennett
October 10, 2017
I hold sweet memories of Marti, my friend and neighbor in past years in Dunwoody, Georgia. We have prayed for her and now she will be praying for us.
Doris Kirk
October 10, 2017
Offering my sincere condolences to the Family, may you find comfort from the encouraging words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14
October 10, 2017
Ron and family,So very sorry to hear about,Myra.
Such a beautiful lady.It was always my pleasure to have helped her with her car.May our Lord ,and Savior,hold you all close.
dan eldridge
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