OBITUARY

D.L. "Punk" Turner

June 9, 1928July 1, 2019
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Deward Lavaughn “Punk” Turner passed away peacefully on July 1, 2019. D.L. was born on June 9, 1928, at Cow Creek in Travis County, Texas to James Lafayette “Dee” Turner and Ada Annie (Collier) Turner.

He is survived by his daughter, Teresa Jean (Turner) Ellis and her husband, Lee, of Grand Junction, Colorado and 2 granddaughters, Kathryne Rose Ellis and Emma Lee Ellis, both of Grand Junction, Colorado. He is also survived by 1 sister, Alene Morris of Bertram, Texas. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. D.L. was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean (Holloway) Turner; his parents, Dee and Ada Turner; brothers Dick Turner, Son Turner, and Gordon Turner; sisters, Lucille McAnally, Merle Chambers, Joyce Morris, and Minnie Jo Phelps.

He was a devoted husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, “PaPa”. Known to most as “Punk”, he was a lifelong resident of Cow Creek with the exception of the time he spent overseas fighting in the Korean War. He was dedicated to his family and was always a great supporter of the youth in the area through his involvement with youth rodeo and the Burnet County Livestock Show. He was a farmer and rancher for his entire life and happily shared his knowledge to anyone who was willing to accept it. Many would say he was the most generous and kind man they’ve ever known. He was also the hardest working man you could ever know. He will be dearly missed by so many people.

A Memorial Service in memory of Deward Lavaughn “Punk” Turner will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Chapel in Burnet, Texas with Ronnie Brooks officiating. Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcox.burnet.com. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in D.L.’s memory to www.patriotsandheroesoutdoors.com

  • FAMILY

  • Teresa Ellis, Daughter
  • Kathryne Rose Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Emma Lee Ellis, Granddaughter
  • Alene Morris, Sister
  • Punk is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Patriots and Heros Outdoors

Services

  • Memorial Service Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Kenny Lewis

July 12, 2019

D.L. “Punk” Turner was my friend for more than 50 years. I rode colts for him and his brother, “Son, ” while still in high school. Even though Son blessed us by selling me and my wife a tract of land 21 years ago, allowing us to become part of the Cow Creek community, it was Punk that I became closer and closer to. He had that personality that was easy to talk to, interesting to listen to and he had a wealth of knowldge of the history up and down this creek. He told stories about sitting on the porch as a young boy and hearing his father’s “black snake” bull whip cracking two miles away as he drove cattle home after dark on a full moonlit night. He was proud that he served in the US Army during the Korean War and the hardships he endured staying in a single foxhole for more than two weeks. He cared for his beloved wife, Betty, and never wavered from his responsibilities for her support during her long years of illness. He loved his daughter and granddaughters and traveled to Colorado for his 87th birthday to be with them. Pictures of his 90th birthday are a testimony of how many friends and family members cared for him deeply. Punk loved to ride to the cattle and goat sale barns even if it was for only a few minutes to drop off the livestock. Everyone came over to say Hi! Not only the workers outside but the ones inside would come out to shake his hand. He noticed things about the land that others never realized. One day, he said, “Did you notice the water running in the ditch on RR 1869 at the county line?” I hadn’t. One year, it was dry and the creek dried up. I remember him saying, “Well, when it cools off, it will start running again.” Miraculously, about mid-October, it did. Punk was known as the Patriarch of Cow Creek and in my mind, always will be.

Bobby Nichols

July 9, 2019

Punk had more veterinary knowledge than most vets that went to school. I know of of several occasions when they would stop and ask Punk about eye and mouth color, lump in a certain area. Punk would always spend time with them and if he didn’t have a answer he would go and look at the animal himself.

Clayton Smith

July 6, 2019

Sure gonna miss him sitting over on the south end of the BBQ pits at the true Oatmeal Festival on Fridays in Oatmeal in a lawn chair. So many memories of him and Uncle Clayton being out there and telling stories of old and reminiscing. Such a sweet man and friend even though I didn't get to see him that often. Always cherish those sweet memories because that's all we have after they pass...

Marshall and Paula Caskey

July 4, 2019

We are sorry to loose our good friend and neighbor Punk Turner. He was a very wise and kind person who helped us learn the ropes of raising goats, cattle,growing hay and many more things to do with ranching.

We are going to miss him very much!

Kim and Chuck Oldroyd

July 3, 2019

We bought our property from Mr. Turner. He was a great neighbor and a very nice man. He taught us alot about ranching! We will miss him.

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Biography

      D. L. "Punk" Turner was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, D. L. "Punk" will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, D. L. "Punk" was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. D. L. "Punk" leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember D. L. "Punk" Turner.