Mr. Wayne Strong Turner of Brownwood passed away on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, after residing for a short period in Songbird Lodge in Brownwood.
A native of Brownwood, Wayne was born to Jewel S. “Fritz” Turner and Norene Strong Turner Burns on Sept. 11, 1932. He graduated from Brownwood High School in 1950, attended Texas A&M and East Texas A&M before entering service in the United States Army. While serving in the Army, he married the Love of His Life, Anita Louise Brooks, and they celebrated 55 years together on June 4, 2010. They resided in England while he was in the Army. Following his active service, Wayne came home in 1960 and joined his mother in the family business, Turner Office Equipment, and eventually bought her out and became CEO and President. Turner’s was a leader in introducing the new age of calculators, cash registers, and word processors in Central Texas.
Wayne was very involved in the Brownwood Jaycees, Brown County Fair Association, Rotary, and Kiwanis Club; He had been active as a Boy Scout Leader, Brownwood Country Club, Elder in the Church, and sang in the Choir at Church, He served as president of both the Country Club and Heart of Texas Rotary Clubs.
Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his Saturday morning golf. He also loved spending time with his family and his Church.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Anita; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Tom Sikes of Brownwood, and Susan and Jim Cross of Arlington; grandchildren, Luke and Samantha Lewis, Thomas and Kayla Sikes, Tami Gibson and Skylar Cross; his sister, Joan Jolly of Huntsville; and brother, Bill Turner of Killeen; step-sister, Olga Dugan,; step-brother; Jim Burns; and four great-grandchildren; other relatives Lynn and Barbara Pittard, Lee and Barbara Brooks; numerous nieces and nephews; and many many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewel S. “Fritz” Turner and Norene Turner-Burns; step-father, Clay Burns; and step-brother, Don Burns; and one great-grandson; Maddox.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at First Christian Church, 2411 Coggin Ave. Brownwood, Texas. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in the First Christian Church, with the Rev. Sterling N. Lentz officiating. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, Texas, under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.
Memorials may be sent to the church and/or your favorite charity. Condolences may be made at Walker Funeral Home, 401 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834, phone (325) 625-4103.