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04/14/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Sam Turbeville

Coney Alton Turbeville, Jr.
(yearbook lists him as Sammy George Turbeville)
(01 Aug 1937 - 12 Apr 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1955

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Sam Turbeville, Class of 1955, husband of Reba Ellis Turbeville ('55) of VA, passed away in Hampton on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the age of 81.

   Preceded in death nearly eight years ago by his mother, V. Lue Gore Turbeville, he was the brother of June Turbeville Furr, Linda Turbeville, Tim Turbeville ('70), and Cindy Turbeville Zember.

From the Daily Press - 04/14/19:

             Coney Alton Turbeville, Jr.


HAMPTON - C.A. "Sam" Alton Turbeville, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of April 12, 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 1, 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 14, 2019 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 15, 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 to share memories and offer words of condolence with the family. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on April 14, 2019.
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April 14, 2019

A Loved One

April 14, 2019

~ A Loved One

April 14, 2019

He was one of the most caring, loving people I've ever known. He showed me how to be a hard and honest worker, and treated me like one of his own.
~ Unsigned

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
~ Ronald Smith, Chesterfield, Virginia

April 15, 2019

Duane, Connie, Reba, Lydia, and Sammy
So sorry to here of Sam's passing, really sorry I couldn't make visitation. Sam was a great employer and person to me. He made such a big impression on my life, and I'll always be truly grateful! It was a great and wonderful time working for him; he taught me a whole lot. My deepest condolences to all.

~ Terry Earnhardt, Newport News, Virginia

April 16, 2019

To Sam's family and friends,
We have shared many good times and have many great memories of Sam. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love you,
Ed and Lucy Smith

~ Ed and Lucy Smith, Hallieford, V

April 17, 2019


April 17, 2019



  Our deepest condolences are extended to Sam and Reba's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Sweet Sweet Spirit

Words and Music by Doris Akers (21 May 1923 - 26 July 1995), 1962

There's a sweet sweet spirit in this place
And I know that it's the spirit of the Lord

There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord

Sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet heavenly dove
Stay right here with us
Filling us with your love
And for these blessings
We lift our hearts in praise (hearts in praise)
Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived
When we shall leave this place

"Sweet Sweet Spirit" midi courtesy of - 04/22/10

"Sweet Sweet Spirit" lyrics courtesy
of - 04/22/10

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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