Alanson Viverette Turnbough

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alanson Vivrette (Alan) Turnbough, 88, diedTuesday, July 19, 2011, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wright andFerguson Funeral Home on High Street. Visitation will precede thefuneral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Intermentwill follow in Rosehill Cemetery in Brookhaven.

    Mr. Turnbough became deputy commissioner of the State ofMississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance in 1968 andserved in that capacity until his retirement in 1994. He alsoserved as Acting Commissioner twice during his career and workedfor 13 different commissioners. He began his work for that agencyin 1954. Prior to that he worked for 10 years with the State ofMississippi Department of Education. He began his career workingfor Greenbrooke Florist.

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    He was born in Brookhaven to Walter Daniel and Lois VivretteTurnbough and was the grandson of William Morris and Zula SchwemTurnbough who were parents to a large Brookhaven family and Cageand Flora Payne Vivrette of Clinton, Ky. In addition to his parentsand grandparents, he was preceded in death by a brother WalterDaniel Turnbough, Jr. He lived most of his life in Jackson where hewas a member of First Baptist Church and an active member of hisSunday school class there.

    He was a 1941 graduate of Central High School and a regularparticipant in the Class of ’41 “Central High Bunch” monthlyluncheons. He had the unique privilege of living in the King EdwardHotel in Jackson with his parents for about five years. Hismemories of that era are included in the hotel’s historycollection. He attended Tulane University where he was a member ofSigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. His education was interrupted byhis induction into the U.S. Army on March 2, 1943. He was in the593rd Engineering SS Regiment and saw service in the UK andnorthern France. He received several medals including ATO, EAMETO,Good Conduct and World War Two and was discharged in December of1945. Following his discharge he continued his education,graduating from Millsaps College, where he was a member of AlphaOmega and on the staff of the college newspaper, Purple andWhite.

    He was known for being interested in and helping people in any waypossible. He was also known for his organization skills. It hasbeen noted that these skills were well used when the war was over.He completed all the transfer overseas papers necessary to returnto America so quickly that his regiment was able to return to theU.S. three weeks ahead of the anticipated schedule.

    He is survived by cousins Nancy Kirkpatrick of Charleston, Mo.,Margaret Virginia (Sis) Callahan Osborne, Cornersville, Tenn.,Billy Payne Hopkins, Phoenix, Ariz., Betty Lee Williamson ofEnglewood, Fla., Mary Linda Lewis Wardlaw and John Richard Lewis ofMemphis, Tenn., Dr. David Kennedy Stone of Jackson, Don Hook Stoneof Opp, Ala., Irene Turnbough Irey of Aransas Pass, Texas, PatTurnbough McDonald of Victoria, Texas, Mary Lynn “Peaches”Turnbough of Gulfport, David Penton of Jackson, Deborah PentonRichardson, Mack Brabham and Joe Brabham of McComb, and JackBrabham of Baton Rouge, La. and also by a number of special friendswith whom he shared many good times.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to theBaptist Children’s Village, PO Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.