Coney "Sam" A. Turbeville
August 1, 1937 – April 12, 2019
C.A. “Sam” Alton Turbeville, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of April 12th, 2019 at the age of 81. He spent his life providing for his family and loved ones through his successful career, which he began as a teenager by sweeping floors at Pompei Tile, eventually founding The Tile Shop, Inc. in 1967.
Born in Mullins, South Carolina on August 1st, 1937 to C.A. Turbeville, Sr. and V. Lue Turbeville, Sam was raised in Tabor City, North Carolina on a tobacco farm, moving to Newport News, Virginia in 1952 with his siblings June, Linda, Tim, and Cindy. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1955, where he met the love of his life, Reba Christine Ellis, whom he married in 1957.
Sam’s life was rich not only in public achievement, but in private happiness as well. The greatest turning point of his life was his meeting and marriage with Reba, whom he would have three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, building two homes and living for most of their lives in Hampton, Virginia. Nothing was more typical of Sam Turbeville than his large-hearted love for those around him, especially his wife and grandchildren, who he would spend summers with at his home on the Albemarle Sound in Edenton, North Carolina.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Sammy Turbeville and his wife Sandra; his daughters Lydia Evans and her husband Dennis, and Connie Elmore and her husband Duane; his grandchildren, Alexandra Mitchener, Hannah Turbeville, John Turbeville, Levi Elmore, Miranda Routszong, Moriah Schurz, and Flynn Evans; along with his eight great-grandchildren and other beloved family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, Hampton, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 291 Independence Boulevard, Ste. 517, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, in honor of his two granddaughters Alexandra and Hannah, as well as to the Riverside Foundation – ALS Clinic at Riverside Regional Medical Center, 701 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606, in memory of his lifelong friend Clyde C. Nance.
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and offer words of condolence with the family.
- Reba Christine Ellis, Wife
- Sammy Turbeville and wife, Sandra, Son
- Lydia Evans and husband, Dennis, Daughter
- Connie Elmore and husband, Duane, Daughter
- Alexandra Mitchener, Grandchild
- Hannah Turbeville, Grandchild
- John Turbeville, Grandchild
- Levi Elmore, Grandchild
- Miranda Routszong, Grandchild
- Moriah Shurz, Grandchild
- Flynn Evans, Grandchild
- C.A. Turbeville, Sr., Father
- V. Lue Turbeville, Mother
- June *, Sister
- Linda *, Sister
- Cindy *, Sister
- Tim *, Brother
- Eight great-grandchildren and other beloved family members and friends
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
291 Independence Blvd Ste. 517 , Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Riverside Foundation - ALS Clinic at Riverside Regional Medical Center
701 Town Center Dr., Newport News, Virginia 23606
- Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Monday, April 15, 2019
Coney "Sam" A. Turbeville
April 16, 2019
never a dull moment when sam was around. first met him in 1988 at parkview supply and for some strange reason we seamed to bump paths for many years after and always had kind words for each other. because of sam i got to meet reba , sammy and duane. all of whom always treated me as though I was one of the family. he will be missed by many . Tweedy
April 15, 2019
I remember Sam and Reba welcoming me into their home in Edenton, North Carolina- we saw them every summer since I married into the Whedbee Clan - most mornings Sam would come by to say hello on his golf cart when we were in town at our cottage - always friendly- always smiling - always up for a visit - he really put people first and you felt like you were the only person who mattered when Grandpa Sam was talking to you - his personality was larger than life. I will miss him . Maria Whedbee
April 14, 2019
Reba, Sammy, Lydia, and Connie, and the rest of the Turbeville family,
By way of re-introduction, I am the youngest son of J.T. and Lucille Smith formerly of Hampton, Virginia and The Greenwood Pentecostal Holiness Church. My family has been away from for nearly 45 years and my father died in 1998 and my mother in 2008. Even though it has been a long time since we lived in Hampton and attended the Greenwood church, I remember your family well and I was sorry to learn of Sam's death. I just want to let you know that my thoughts will be with all of you in the days ahead and that I wish only the very best for all of you. I am attaching a photo of your family from the Greenwood directory that my mother had and now is in my possession. I trust that the photo will bring back pleasant memories of times gone by.
Again, I am sorry to hear of Sam's death. Take care and best wishes to all of you.
Ronald Smith, Chesterfield, Virginia
April 13, 2019
Sammy was a very loving and happy person. He always had a big smile for everybody. He loved his family and took very good care of them. I know each of you will misss him greatly. You have lots of sweet memories to ponder in your mind each day. I pray that the Lord will bless each of you and take some of your hurt away. You are all in my prayers. Love to each of you, 1st cousin - Bonnie Gore Wright