C. C. Turner, a long time teacher of mathematics at Longview High School and one of Longview's most prolific educators passed away on Friday, February 23rd, 2018, at the age of 102.
He was born in Upshur County, May 9, 1915, to J.E. (Boss) and Dessie Turner. His parents were tenant farmers, which made it necessary for him to attend six different schools in the county. He graduated from Gilmer High School in 1932.
In 1942, Mr. Turner married Eva Mae Raynes of Fairlie, Texas in Hunt County. She was his wife for 57 years until her death in December of 2000.
He received an A.A. degree from College of Marshall, a B.A. from Baylor University, and an M.A. from East Texas State Teachers College. He did post-graduate work at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Mr. Turner began his teaching career at Independent Springs in Upshur County, a two teacher school with seven grades. He was principal and taught all subjects in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. He also taught two years at West Mountain Elementary School, and three years at Harmony Consolidated School. He taught math and science, and during the
third year he also served as principal.
In June of 1942, Mr. Turner joined the Army Air Corps. He served 3½ years, with two of those years in England, in the Weather Department Detachment attached to the 66th Fighter Wing of the Army Air Corps. He was discharged from the service in December,1945.
Mr. Turner and his family moved to Longview, and he began teaching at
Longview High School in January, 1946. He retired from the Longview Public Schools
as head of the Math Department in 1987, after 41 years of teaching school in Longview. After being retired for one year, he returned to teaching half days at Trinity School of Texas for 3 years. He had a total of 54 years of creditable service in teaching. In 1948, Mr. Turner introduced the Driver Education and Training Program into the Longview High School curriculum. He worked with the program until he retired. He also taught driving classes in the evening for adults, of whom he taught several hundred to drive on the widely unpopular “stick shift”. In addition, he was sponsor of the High School's American Junior Bowling Congress league that won the national championship in 1948, and they won an all-expense paid trip to the ABC tournament in Detroit. MI.
During his tenure at Longview High School, he received several honors. The Longview Civitans elected him as Educator of the Year in 1978. He received an award from the East Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1982 for outstanding service to the organization. A declaration issued by then Mayor Mitch Henderson proclaiming May 22, 1984, as C.C. Turner Day in Longview. During that time he was recognized by Longview Bank and Trust as People of our Community Who Make a Difference. In 1987 he was honored by the student body and faculty of Longview High School. In addition, he was honored by KLTV's Joan Hallmark on Proud of East Texas for 51 years of teaching. May 22, 1987, was declared C.C. Turner Day, by proclamation of then Mayor Lou Galosy. He was given the Rotary Citizen of the Year award in 1989. On April 20, 2004, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc., honored Mr. Turner with the Cornerstone Award for his forty-one years of service to the students and educators of Longview Independent School District. As a teacher, Mr. Turner's professional rewards came when his former students returned from college and related to him how well they had done in college math, and they expressed their gratitude for what they had learned in his math classes. He appreciated their consideration and thoughtfulness for the many invitations he has received to their class reunions. It has been a great joy for him to see his students taking their places and making contributions to their respective communities. For seven years, Mr. Turner helped coach one of the city's boy's baseball teams. He and his son, a member of the baseball team, were honored to participate in winning two city championships in 1967 and 1970.
Mr. Turner was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church, where he taught a Sunday School class for 11th and 12th grade boys for over 20 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #142, Gilmer.
Preceding him in death were his father, mother, stepfather, sister and three brothers, and son-in-law Sterlin Barton. Also preceeding him was his wife. He is survived by two daughters, Merrilyn Barton of Austin, and Linda Carnes (Ben), of Vicksburg, MS, and one son, Jerry Turner of Longview; four granddaughters and their husbands, Susan and Kurt Westveld and Sharon and Ronnie Zarriello, of Austin; Jennifer and Stan Wilson of Black Mountain, NC; and Kimberly and Chad Sauls of Picayune, MS; and three great grandsons, Jack and Garrett Sauls, and Keaton Westveld; and three great granddaughters, Jane and Kate Wilson and Keely Westveld.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5 o'clock until 7 o'clock in the evening in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in Ford Chapel at First Baptist Church where Dr. Cary Hilliard and Dr. David English will officiate. Interment will immediately follow in Memory Park Cemetery.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family request with gratitude that memorial be made in Mr. Turner's memory to First Baptist Church, 209 E. South Street, Longview, TX 75601; or the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 3268, Longview, TX, 75606.