James Edward Turner
1932 - 2019
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Beloved father and devoted husband, James Edward Turner, of Hideaway and formerly of Dallas, passed away April 26, 2019, at his home with his wife at his side.

A private family service will be held on May 2, 2019, at Restland Cemetary Dallas, with entombment in Abbey Mausoleum. A memorial will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Lindale. All family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jim's life.

Mr. Turner, who was born in Olney, Texas on December 16, 1932, and graduated from Olney High School in 1950 at age 16. He attended Texas Tech University on a football scholarship, graduating in 3 years while lettering each year. He earned All-Conference honors at half back in 1951 and 1952, led the Red Raiders in punting in 1952 and was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, which he declined.

While at Tech, he met his wife of 55 years, Bobbie Jean Turner of Dallas, Texas. They married August 1, 1953, and lived in Hobbs, New Mexico, Denver and Dallas while Jim worked as engineer, in sales and then as an executive with Dow Chemical until he retired in 1984.

After Bobbie's passing in 2008, Jim married Sonja Beth Glassmoyer in April 2010. He was an avid bridge player and golfer, beloved by all in his community. He was a Master Mason, Scottish Rite, Sharon Temple Shriner. Jim was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Lindale, active in the Open Door Sunday School class.

Mr. Turner is preceded in death by his mother Hazel Wortham Turner, father John W. Turner, his brother, Billy and wife Bobbie.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Sonja Beth Glassmoyer, son, Don Wayne Turner of Plano and sister Doris Wall of Seymour, TX. Stepchildren Melissa Dee Peterson, Michael and Susan Glassmoyer, Chris and Lisa Glassmoyer. He was Grandpa Jim to six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to United Methodist Church Open Door Sunday School Class or charity of your choice.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 5, 2019.
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