Turner, Tahwannah

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August 9, 1935 - June 5, 2018

Turner, Tahwannah


Tahwannah Beatrice Lance Turner 82, went to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Devout Christian, loving family matriarch, fiercely loyal friend, and passionate teacher and advocate for education throughout her profession and all her lifelong endeavors.

Survived by her son, Clifton E. Turner of Dallas; daughter-in-law Deborah Turner; grandchildren Emmajane Turner, Addiemae Turner, Avery Turner, and Jarrett Turner; sisters Helen Crawford of Richland Hills, Patricia Trail of Norman, OK, and LaDonna Chaffin of Sulphur, OK; sisters-in-law Ruby Hall of Marion, NC, and Marie Robinson of Newport News, VA; and many beloved Lance and Turner cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday evening, June 11th, from 5-7pm at:

North Dallas Funeral Home

2710 Valley View Lane

Dallas, TX 75234



Memorial service will be Tuesday morning, June 12th, 10am at:

First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch

13017 William Dodson Parkway

Farmers Branch, TX 75234



Graveside service and interment will follow at 3pm at:

The Dougherty Cemetery

Dougherty, OK


In lieu of flowers, please donate to:

First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch

C/O Education Scholarship Fund in Memory of Tahwannah Turner

13017 William Dodson Parkway

Farmers Branch, TX 75234


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Lon Lehr

June 15, 2018 9:12PM

Clifton and Family and Friends,

My name is Lonnie Lehr. I was a 4th grade pupil of your mother's, starting in 1960 at the then Plymouth Park Elementary (later M.C. Lively). In all of the schooling I have had (20 years and a couple hundred teachers), your mother--- Mrs. Turner--- was absolutely the best I ever had. Probably not surprising to all who knew her, but another testimony. She had a profound influence on me. I still consider one of my greatest achievements starting out with a "C" in handwriting and improving to an A+ over the school year. The downside was being turned into a perfectionist, wanting to do anything to earn her approval. My parents complained about the reams of notebook paper thrown away with maybe one mistake. A strike-through was inconceivable.

It is hard to believe she was only 26 years when she taught our class. She was truly beautiful and stylish, dressed impeccably--- wearing silk leopard print scarves and driving a Thunderbird (very nice cars in those days). She was very strict, but was kind, and had a great smile and laugh (as you know). She was an OU fanatic of the highest order in those days, until you went to UT. She then became the greatest UT fan. She was the greatest at whatever she did. Move over Mohammed Ali. She never lost her status with me as the archetypical woman. She and my mother maintained a conversational relationship over the years.

I just learned of her passing maybe an hour ago. She did not accept late assignments, hence this throw-down testimony--- not to be late. I will never forget her.

All of us who came into contact with her have been truly blessed. We are all better for it.

Best regards,

Lon(nie) Lehr

Julia Jones-Rivers

June 14, 2018 8:54AM

Clifton and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Turner was always a joy to speak with. Clifton when time permits give me a call at 713-650-2058. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Julia Jones-Rivers
Oppenheimer & Co.,

Lisa Hearn

June 13, 2018 3:53PM

Clif, Your mother was a wonderful, loving women and will be deeply missed by my family! 30 years ago when I came to teach second grade with your mother, she took me under her wing and taught me everything she knew. I definitely became a better teacher because of her! She will always have a special place in my heart. I love her dearly.

Cynthia Whisennand

June 12, 2018 5:26PM

I worked with her at Lively Elementary for 15 years. She was a wonderful lady and inspired me to work harder in our aerobics class. I was a bit younger, but I never caught up to her.

Pat Chadick

June 12, 2018 9:11AM

To Tahwannah’s family our deepest condolences. We knew her less than a year. She was a wonderful neighbor. Her love and pride for her family was very obvious. She was a very caring person and she will be missed.
Ellis & Pat Chadick

Sandra and David Hardie and girls

June 11, 2018 11:55AM

Cliff and family and sisters, oh how we love our Tahwannah. We have kept up with her after she so lovingl taught all four Hardie girls in second grade! I was so grateful to see and be with her her every week the last few years in Common Bond Bible Study. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we will all look forward to seeing Tahwannah again in heaven!

Jeannine Cumming

June 11, 2018 11:31AM

My deepest condolences to the family . What a force of nature she was ! I had her as a 4 th grade teacher and loved her very much . Each time I saw her after that she gave a hug . Truly she will be bring that joy to the Pearly Gates !

Phyllis and Sam Allen

June 10, 2018 2:28PM

Oh how we missed your smile and greeting at Church this morning. What a brightness you will bring to heaven.

Lorita R Bryant

June 10, 2018 10:40AM

Tahwannah was my son, Joseph's, first teacher. He was a busy, complicated child that she treated with patience, kindness and a huge sense of humor. Wonderful woman and teacher. She blessed our lives.

Emy Anding

June 10, 2018 9:29AM

Tahwannah was such a lovely lady and the friends from
Antiquers and NDWC will miss her greatly. She loved her
family and often spoke of them. I will miss her warm smile
and warm hug.

Lisa Treadway

June 10, 2018 9:11AM

Mrs. Turner will forever be one of my favorite teachers growing up. Her love and dedication for us as students is one of the many reason I am an educator today. I remember the many days of her and Mrs. Noble having fun in school and enjoying teaching bringing us into their fun and love for education. She has truly been a light in my life and I will continue to spread her legacy as I teach others. Please know I will be praying for the family.

Mary Jane Bush

June 09, 2018 10:36AM

I am so sad and pray for your family
What a wonderful, sweet Christian friend.
That lovely smile and hug will be missed
God Bless

Gloria Howard

June 08, 2018 8:48PM

Tahwannah was bigger than life itself and i will miss her greatly. She enjoyed her family and her friends and neighbors. I am so glad i got to know her. She will be missed
A neighbor and a friend,
Glotia Howard

Linda Lodge

June 08, 2018 4:05PM

My dear sweet friend I have loved all the years we have served together in our various clubs.... I will miss telling you I wish you were my sister .
You will be so very missed....RIP Tawanah
To the family I send my deepest sympathy... she was one of a kind & I hope you can take comfort knowing that to be absent in the body is to be present with Lord.
Linda Lodge

cynthia bowlin

June 07, 2018 9:10PM

I was saddened to learn this am of Tahwannah's death. What a dear sweet lady she was. She introduced me to both the North Dallas Women's Club as well as the 20th Century Reviewers Book Club. Through these affiliations
I made many lasting friendships and we traveled together as well with mutual friends from the Irving Chorale. The world is indeed a better place because of Tahwannah's presence. Please know others share your sadness.

Avell Tedder

June 07, 2018 7:41AM

Dear Family My deepest Sympathy and Condolences for your loss. Tahwannah was my Pew Partner every Sunday at Church. We sat together for years and I loved her dearly. God comfort you and give you peace. Prayers and Hugs!

Kathleen Noble

June 06, 2018 5:35PM

Clif and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Tahwannah. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with you right now. Love to my special friends for 55 years.