Thomas Turner Jr., 40

Published 3:19 pm Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thomas Turner Jr.
Nov. 29, 1971 — March 20, 2012

Thomas Turner Jr., 40, formerly of Niles, passed away unexpectedly in Johnson City, Tenn., on March 20, 2012, surrounded by his family, friends, cadre and cadets.

Thomas Turner Jr.

Thomas Turner Jr. was born on Nov. 29, 1971, in South Bend, Ind., to Thomas and Judy (Kyles) Turner.
Thomas proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. After his military service, he continued to contribute to the Armed Forces by inspiring college students at ETSU on their path to becoming officers.
On Aug. 13, 1994, Thomas married the love of his life and best friend, Angel (Kussard) Turner, at a ceremony in Michigan.
Thomas’ life was blessed with two beautiful children, his son, Kyle Turner, and daughter, Vivian Turner, both of Jonesborough, Tenn.
He was also fortunate enough to have two siblings that traveled with him in his heart to all corners of the globe, a brother, David (Jennifer) Turner of Buchanan, and a sister, Yvonne (Rodric) Williams of Niles.
He is survived by his grandmother, Clem (Jim) Brown, and her children, Cyndi Tatich, Pam and Ray Brown, Sherry and Chris Simmons, Kim Myers and Bobbi Snyder; parents, Tom and Judy Turner; wife, Angel Turner, and children, Kyle and Vivian Turner; a brother, David, and his wife, Jenn Turner, and their children, Ricky, Kaydee, Brealynn, Savannah Rose, Kyle and Devin; a sister, Yvonne, and her husband, Rodric, and their children, Josh, Cassidy, D’Andre and  Brianna Williams; also Aunt Barb and Gary Reed and Uncle Larry Homan, Aunt Kathy Baranowski, Uncle Bob and Cathy Littlejohn, John and Kathy Littlejohn, Aunt Millie and Dennis Jast, Uncle Joe and Sue Horvath, Aunt Dolly and Bill Guernsey, Uncle Bill White, Aunt Candy Lynn Rickman, a loving father-in-law, Pat Kussard, and brother-in-law, Jeff Kussard; also numerous cousins; other family members and friends that loved him.
He is preceded in death by his best friend, hero, confident and fishing companion, his grandfather, Charles Kyles (Granddaddy), and grandmother, Willard Kyles (Momo), Grandma Pat Horvath, Uncle Harvel Rickman and Aunt Willie Miller.
He enjoyed bass fishing, hiking, spending time with his family, listening to music and learning the guitar. He most enjoyed leading and inspiring others to do their best.
Thomas was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
A time of visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel.  Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel.  Graveside services with military honors will follow the service at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Mission Hills Memorial Chapel.