01/05/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Marvin Turley

Charles Marvin Turley
(10 May 1924 -  3 Jan 2007)

Newport News High School Class of June 1943
Newport News High School Faculty

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I am sorry to report even more sad news tonight.   

  From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 01/05/07 - "Turley obit":

A more elaborate obit. in the NN Daily Press today confirms that this is the Marvin Turley we knew at NNHS.  He was Class of June, 1943.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you, Fred.  As I was reading the obituaries this morning, I became distracted by the notice of a young man I was not expecting to see, and I lost my ability to concentrate on the ones which followed.  I'm so glad you brought this to my attention.

From the Daily Press - 01/05/07:

Charles Marvin Turley

HAMPTON - Charles Marvin Turley died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center, Gloucester. At his side was a picture of his beloved wife, Jeanne Yacobi Turley. Marvin passed peacefully with the full knowledge of the love of his family and friends in his heart, and trust in his Maker. Marvin was born May 10, 1924, in Norfolk to Charles A. Turley and Ruth P. Turley. He was a graduate of Newport News High School and Florida Southern University. He served with pride and courage along with his countrymen in World War II as a 'buck' sergeant in the U.S. Army 661st Tank Division, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Marvin taught at Newport News High School and Saint Vincent's Central Catholic High School. He was director of City Recreation and the Hampton Boys' Club. He was director of Youth Activities at Langley Air Force Base. His love for children and sports, and his skills as a coach touched many young people in this community and he will always be loved by those he encountered. He was an enthusiastic gardener, proud of his tomatoes and corn, and always generous with the bounty. Until his health failed, Marvin regularly attended the First United Church of Christ on Todds Lane and was grateful for the support and care that his church provided during his illness. Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, and his sisters, Leona Booth and Ruth Olney. He is survived by his half-brother, Alton Turley of Daytona, Fla.; two nephews, John E. Olney Sr. of Gloucester and Willard W. Olney III of Pinehurst, N.C.; three nieces, Anita Booth Robertson of Newport News, Sylvia Kelley of Key West, Fla., and Ame Hellman of Gordonsville, Va. He is also survived by several great and great-great-nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press from 1/4/2007 - 1/5/2007.
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Marvin has been a friend of my oldest brother Harry Hilling and my next to oldest brother Billy for many years; and our Hilling family has known Marvin for many years as well. As a kid, I remember Mr. Turley when he was employed by the City of NN in position of director of the Jackson School Gym (maybe the late 50's or early 60's) and he evicted me from the Gym for foul language (the word damn). I recall him saying that he did not tolerate that type of language and furthermore, he knew that my older brothers would not as well.

Whenever I would run into him he always seemed so happy to see me and he was that way with others I'm sure. He was a fine gentleman.

My heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Bobby Hilling (Newport News, VA ) - January 4, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

From Mickey Marcella
Newport News High School
Class of 1954
Mickey Marcella - January 4, 2007
I will always remember Uncle Marvin's terrific sense of humor. He could always bring smiles to the faces of those around him, and had a kind word for everyone he met. He was a true gentleman, who will be dearly missed.
Michael Yacobi (Lexington) - January 5, 2007
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I worked for Comfort Keepers and had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Turley. I was with Mr. Turley every weekend for about a year. I truly enjoyed listening to his stories of the war and coaching.
I am very sad to find out he is gone, but happy that he is finally with his sweet Jeanie. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, may your memories comfort you.
Jenifer Burke (Newport News) - January 5, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the Turley family. I remember Mr. Turley as the director at the Hampton Boys Club on Kecoughtan Rd. in the 70s. He has effected my life as a young man there and he will surely missed.

G. Baxter
George Baxter (Greenbelt) - January 5, 2007
I have the fondest of memories of Marvin Turley. That is what I knew him by when I worked with him at the Hampton Boys Club. He always wanted only the best for his "boys" as he called them at the Boys Club. He had a great gift in that he always tried to help the youth any way he could. He was also a great co-worker and friend to me and my family. He will be missed by the many young men who were fortunate to come into contact with him.
Patricia Hayes (Newport News) - January 5, 2007
Thank you for being around when I was a young girl growing up. You were always happy with a smile on your face. Thank you for the wonderful memories of the visits to West Palm Beach, FL.
I always looked forward to the summers when we would visit you and Jeanie.
I remember one year, on my birthday, I flew from West Palm Beach to visit with you and Jeanie. You two made it a great birthday. I asked you to take me to Williamsburg for my birthday. On our way you gave me a history quiz and a history lesson. It was fun.
You will be missed, but you are now with Jeanie and our Lord.

Mary "Sissy" Turley Engelking, Step Sister
Mary Turley Engelking (Palatka) - January 5, 2007
I first knew Marvin Turley when he worked for the city Recreation Dept. I was in the fifth grade. He refereed my basketball games. I didn't like him. He was tough. He later taught me swimming lessons at the Rec. I didn't like him. When I learned he was coming to my High School, St. Vincent's, to coach the boys basketball team...well, needless to say....I didn't like it. First, he had the basketball floor refinished (that was unheard of). Next, he cleaned that room out to the left of the stage and made it his office...that was downright UnAmerican!...that room had NEVER been cleaned out before! He made a lot of changes at St. Vincent's all for the better...he also changed me and won my heart. The best thing about "Mr. Turley" then was he always called us "kids" Ladies and Gentlemen and treated us with the same respect.

I don't think most people will ever know the impact he had on the young lives he touched.

He later married my sister, Jeanne, and became my brother-in-law. He and I were very close. When he later worked for Langley Air Force Base we rode to work together every day. He also became my basketball coach when I played for the city of Newport News after high school. He and Jeanne lived on the next street from my parents, Laura and Frank Yacobi or "Boss" and "Mom" as he called them. He was so attentive to both of them...always. He would check on them every day, sometimes twice a day. I will always be very grateful for that.

My Coach, My Mentor, My Brother-in-Law and My Dear Friend, Thank you for all the good times, the lessons, and the values you bestowed on my life. I will miss you terribly.
Cam Yacobi (Tallahassee) - January 5, 2007
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Knowing Uncle Marvin has been a blessing in my life. Looking back over the years---I just smile when I think of him. He was a down to earth, no frills kind of guy who loved life and reveled in being with the ones loved. He was quick with a joke and a laugh and made others feel good just being in his company. He never minced words or beat around the bush--but shot straight from the hip--but always with a kind heart. There was nothing fancy about Marvin (except for his collection of dapper hats). He loved the simple things in life, his gardening, his collards and showing off his prize home baked country hams which he gave to his doctors and vet at Christmas. Visiting Jeanne and Marvin at Christmas was like walking into a Norman Rockwell setting --with Jeanne's fruit cake, punch and cookies on the dining room table and Marvin's favorite music--the soothing sounds of Barara Streisand on his old 78's.
Although Marvin and Jeanne never had children of their own, he was a family man in the true sense of the word. Whether it was being a role model for the kids that he coached, or being a husband, brother, brother in law or uncle--Marvin was always there when you needed him. He was completely devoted to his beloved Jeanne, his two sisters, Ruth and Leona and his brother in law, Willard who he affectionately called "Ruff". One of my fondest memories of Uncle Marvin was when he slipped a $100 bill through the window as we were leaving our wedding for Richmond. He said that he wanted us to go out for a really nice dinner and order a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pope. What a guy!! God bless you Marvin and thank you for all the cherished memories....
Marvin, "I love you good"
Martha Smith (Manteo) - January 6, 2007
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Turley's family, friends, and former students.

  From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 01/06/07 - "Marvin Turley":


I saw Marvin Turley's obit in the Daily Press He was both a grad and teacher at NNHS.

Peace, Albert

   Thank you, Albert.

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/06/07 - "Marvin Turley":

Hi, Carol:
Learning of the passing of Marvin Turley sure made many of us very sad, yet I am so glad that Sandra Canepa ('56 - of VA) wrote about seeing him at the Rendezvous Restaurant in Hampton, VA while she was securing signatures on a petition, and then right afterwards a message from    Gary Fitzgerald ('61 - of VA) that he and Ned Midkiff ('59 - of VA) had dropped by for a visit with Mr. Turley, for there was a connection after so many years.
Marvin Turley was a fine teacher and coach, with a great sports announcer voice. He was a mentor in my youth, by allowing me to work as his demonstrator in his Advance Swimmer Courses that he taught at the World War II Memorial Municipal Swimming Pool, then allowing me to assist as a Life Guard at that pool to gain experience so I could be hired as a Life Guard and Swimming Instructor for the City of Newport News.
After returning to Newport News from my tour of Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps, I was called to replace Marvin as the Director of Adult Recreation and Manager of the City Swimming Pools, when he left the employment of the City to head the recreational programs at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA.     Coach J.C. Range and Marvin Turley had a hand in making that recommendation which allowed me to get my feet on the ground after Active Duty, and I was always grateful for their support and coaching.
Hand Salute, Tanker!!!
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Joe.  I remembered that he was a good friend of yours, and I'm sorry for the loss that you feel.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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