Stephen Thomas Turner, Jr. died suddenly on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 of a massive heart attack. He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends.
Upon arrival in Cary in 1967, he became active as a CHS band booster and volunteer for the Cary Band day parade, a judge for the Heart of Cary Award and board member at Cary Swim Club. He served as President and Treasurer on the Council , Superintendent of Sunday School at CTK Lutheran Church & helped form the CTK bowling league serving as President for many years. He was a Wake County election official/judge for over 20 yrs. at the Glenaire precinct & belonged to the Masons.
He enjoyed being the #1 fan for his daughters & grandchildren’s many sporting events & activities. He was affectionately called “Pop- poo” to his grandchildren & to so many who loved him. Above all else he loved spending time with his family at their annual trip to Topsail Beach & annual Cookie Christmas Bake Day.
Tom was born in Portsmouth, VA on August 4, 1928 to Stephen T. and Virginia Turner, Sr. He graduated from Kempsville High School in VA Beach, VA & then married the former Clothield Vaeth. He proudly served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War & then had a 35 year career with Texaco in sales. After retirement he loved working at the local Ace Hardware where he loved to greet customers with candy affectionately known as the “Candy Man” of Cary.
Cherishing his memory are his Daughters/Husbands Jan T. & Rich Bloom of Raleigh, Tricia T. & Phil Scarboro of Cary, Pam T. & Mike Hodgin of the home; Grandchildren Traci B. Huffman & Carl Huffman, Taylor & Elizabeth, Becca Scarboro, Whitney Hodgin & fiancee Dale Weaver, Ali Hodgin & fiancée Jason McDowell; Great- Grandchildren Colton Hodgin, Makayla & Makenzie Huffman & Turner Scarboro. He is survived by his loving sister Martha Tarrall of the home & sister in law Cecil Turner of Buckroe Beach, VA. along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.
A celebration of life service will be at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut St. in Cary on Thursday, December 4th at 7 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church or Wake County EMS for the service and support they provided to our family.