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Tommy Lee Turner

August 11, 1940 ~ March 16, 2021 (age 80)


Tommy Lee Turner, age 80, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at his home. He was a life-long resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late James M. Turner, Sr., and Nell Garber Turner.

Tommy retired from CSX railroad after thirty-five years as a conductor.  He loved trains and coaching many different sports throughout the years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His grandchildren were the love of his life. Tommy was always willing to help others and his community in any way he could. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: James M. Turner, Jr., C.W. Turner, Jack Turner, Billy Joe Turner; one sister, Charlene Legg.

Tommy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of fifty-four years, Carolyn Banks Turner; two sons: Tommy D. Turner and Chris Turner and wife, Johannah; one daughter, Tonya Turner; three grandchildren: Mackenzie Huskins, Keeli Huskins, and Emery Turner; several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their love and excellent care during Tommy’s illness, especially Becky Bennett, Skylar, and Melissa. Also extend a special thank you to the staff of Erwin Health Care for their excellent care during the time he was there.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate. Pallbearers will be Mark Galloway, Bo Bennett, Mark Peterson, Glen White, Michael Peterson, Mike Barcel, Christopher “Dooger” Duncan, and Brady Deyton. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray White, Bob Ensor, JD Edwards, Martin Laws, Glen Peterson, Randy Renfro, George Riddle, Paul Farnor, Spud Sears, Bill Banner, Charles Bailey, Nick Phillips, John Treadway and all his CSX co-workers that he considered his family. Everyone is asked to meet at the Evergreen Mausoleum by 12:55 PM Saturday.

Due to Covid-19 please wear a facemask, and practice social distancing for the safety of the family and those attending.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Tommy Turner to St. Jude or Alzheimer's Association

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Turner family at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Turner family.  (423) 743-1380.

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Graveside Service
March 20, 2021

1:00 PM
Evergreen Cemetery

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