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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 www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.