OBITUARY

Nelson Turnbow

November 11, 1921February 28, 2013

Nelson Turnbow, age 91, of Brownwood departed this life on Thursday, February 28, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Brownwood with Dr. Rick Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Ave., Brownwood. Nelson was born on November 11, 1921, in Asher, Oklahoma to Daniel and Ollie Turnbow. He graduated from High School in Ryan, Oklahoma and was a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the University of North Texas. Nelson proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Marine Corps and fought in Guam and on Iwo Jima. Nelson met Mildred K. Wallace while he was stationed in San Diego, California after the war, and they were married on July 4th, 1947 in Denver, Colorado. Nelson always gave God all the credit for any success that he had in his life. He loved God, his family, and his country. Nelson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brownwood for many years and served the church as a deacon. He loved his Lord and his fellow man. Nelson coached in Lano, Texas and also in Brownwood. He was a teacher for many years with the Brownwood ISD. Nelson was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and good friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew him. Nelson is survived by his daughter, Kathy Martin, and husband, Bruce, of Arlington, Texas; granddaughter, Melisa Owens; great nephew Eddie Turnbow and wife Shelia, and several great grandchildren. Condolences for the family may be left at www.davismorrisfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013
  • Committal Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Jerry Coffee

October 3, 2016

Coach Turnbow was my 1957 football coach at Brownwood Junior High, taught Driver's Education and Texas History in 1958. Those were my favorite classes. He was a Great teacher.

March 5, 2013

I knew Coach Turnbow during my High School days at Brownwood during the 60s. He was always a fair man and loved every student and wanted the best for us. Bob Pierce, Allen, Texas

Billy Ferguson

March 5, 2013

Mr. Turnbow was such a class act and what a gentlemen. My wife and I both had the pleasure of knowing this fine man through our school days there at Brownwood and we just wanted to express our deepest sympathies to the Family as Mr. Turnbow left such a lasting and favorable impression on us both as well as our brothers and sisters. God Speed Mr. Turnbow.
Billy Fred & Patrica Lynne Ferguson

March 4, 2013

Without a doubt , one of the the nicest christian gentleman has gone to meet his maker . One hell-of-a- good friend and a stand up Marine . Semper Fidelis Nelson , I know you and Millie are now holding hands in heaven .

Just another Marine

Leslie Smith

March 4, 2013

Many thanks for your dedication to students. You were a wonderful teacher.
Leslie Nix Smith

March 3, 2013

Nelson will be missed. We bowled on the same team at the old Maple Lanes in the 50's. Nelson was a true mans man. Roland Elledge

Myrna Lee

March 3, 2013

Hello, my name is Myrna Oldham Lee and I was a student of both Coach Turnbow and Mrs. Turnbow. The second aemester of my Freshman year (1956-1957) while I was barely 15 years old, my Mother requested a hardship drivers license for me. I was in the Junior High building and had to go to other end of block to take Drivers Education from Mr. Turnbow. He was very good to me and although I did not have him for any other classes; we remained friends all through my high school years. Then my Sophmore year, we had too many students who needed to take Biology (only had one teacher) so they moved Mrs. Turnbow up to High School to teach one Biology class. She taught Jr. HIGH PE normaly. She was one of the best things that happened to me. She instilled a love of science in me. I have 24


hours of college level science and have worked in the medical profession for over 27 years. Your parents were a wonderful part of my life. I know you miss them but he stayed a long time and I am sure he was tired and ready to go Home.
I go through Asher, OK. on my way to my oldest daughters home and two daughters live in Arlington. One is a teacher.
My sincere sympathy to you, his family.
BHS class of 1960

Myrna Lee

March 3, 2013

Hello, my name is Myrna Oldham Lee and I was a student of both Coach Turnbow and Mrs. Turnbow. The second aemester of my Freshman year (1956-1957) while I was barely 15made years old, my Mother requested a hardship drivers license for me. I was in the Junior High building and has to go to other end of block to take Drivers Education from Mr. Turnbow. He was very good to me and although I did not have him for any other classes; we remained friends all through my high school years. Then my Sophmore year, we had too many students who needed to take Biology (only had one teacher) so they moved Mrs. Turnbow up to High School to teach one Biology class. She taught Jr. HIGH PE normaly. She was one of the best things that happened to me. She instilled a love of science in me. I have 24to hours of college level science and have worked in the medical profession for over 27 years. Your parents were a wonderful part of my life. I know you miss them but he stayed a long time and I am sure he was tired and ready to go Home.
I go through Asher, OK. on my way to my oldest daughters home and two daughters live in Arlington. One is a teacher.
My sincere sympathy to you, his family.
BHS class of 1960

Morris Ketcham

March 3, 2013

Taught me how to drive in Drivers Ed BHS.1962.He was a gentle giant always flashing a wonderful smile, Served his country as a US Marine.
Semper Fi my friend,
Morris Ketcham

Mary Birmingham

March 3, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Mr. Turnbow's daughter and family. I knew your father thru my husband, Ardyce Birmingham. Ardyce visited with him whenever we would go to Brownwood and we often ate out with him at Underwoods or Prima Pasta. Those are good memories. We both enjoyed his stories and his love for life. Mr. Turnbow spoke at Ardyce's funeral 3 years ago. Ardyce had the upmost respect for Mr. Turnbow. In fact when he was in school, many years ago, he pulled a prank in Mr. Turnbow's class. He always felt guilty and in later years wrote him and told him how sorry he was. That was what brought them together after so many years. I feel it was an honor to know your Dad. May it bring you peace to know he was loved so much. Mary Birmingham