Services for Reagan "Buddy" Turman, 73, Longview, formerly of Tyler, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Noonday Baptist Church in Noonday with the Rev. Jerry Hawbaker officiating under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.
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Mr. Turman passed away April 1, 2007, at a Longview hospital after an extended illness.
He was born April 12, 1933, in Noonday to parents Floyd and Wilma Gregory Turman. He was best known, in the fifties and sixties, as a Texas boxing sensation. Known as the "Golden Boy from Noonday," he made Texas boxing history on February 24, 1955, by fighting the first mixed bout in Texas. He volunteered to fight J.D. "Sporty" Harvey to bring attention to the issue under consideration by the Texas Legislature.
Turman went on to become a heavyweight contender, fighting all over the world. He faced such notables as Roy "Cut 'N Shoot" Harris, Archie Moore and Bob Cleroux, the Canadian Champion. When he fought in Tyler or Dallas, his faithful fans filled the arena to see Buddy deliver his knockout punch. He is the subject of the recently published book, "Buddy, The Life of Texas Boxing Legend, Buddy Turman."
Prior to retirement, he was an independent landman for various oil companies in the East Texas area.
Turman was a longtime member of the Noonday Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Reagan Turman Jr.; his parents; sister, Betty T. Dingler; and brothers, Charles W. Turman, Frank Patman Turman, Chester Turman and Nick Turman.
He is survived by his daughter, Tanya Saidi, and grandchildren, Cody, Jordan, and Sara, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister and brother-in-law, Gayle and Dongene Smith, Longview; sister-in-law, Patricia M. Turman, Harlingen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan and Marguerite Turman, Tyler, Gene and Betty Turman, Elgin, Larry and Bettie Turman, Granbury, and Joe and Gloria Turman, Guntersville, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends.
A family and friends visitation is scheduled for Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. to service time.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 4, 2007