Thomasville Times Enterprise


July 15, 2014

Capt. Robert William Turnbull Sr., USAF

THOMASVILLE — Graveside services for Capt. Robert William Turnbull Sr., USAF, 35, of Thomasville, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Barnetts Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Thomas County, with full military honors.  Chaplain Matthew Dussia, USAF will officiate.  Active pallbearers will be the Tyndall Air Force Base Honor Guard.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Nov. 22, 1952, Captain Turnbull was onboard a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord Air Force Base, Washington. There were 11 crewmen and 41 passengers on board. Search parties were unable to locate and recover any of the service members because of adverse weather conditions at the time of the crash. Then on June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted aircraft wreckage while conducting a training mission in Alaska. Sixty-one years have passed since the airplane crash and Captain Turnbull, along with 16 other service members, has been recovered and returned to his family. Capt. Turnbull was born on April 24, 1917, in Canton, Ohio, to the late Harold and Helen Klein Turnbull. He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech in 1940. He began serving his country in the Army in 1943. He was relieved of active duty in 1946 at the rank of Captain, Army Air Corps Reserve. He was then recalled to active duty in the United States Air Force in 1951. He married the late Doris Latimer on May 11, 1940. Surviving letters and postcards reveal the love and devotion he had for his wife and children. The letters, postcards and photographs further reveal that he was a man of many hobbies including golfing, fishing and enjoying the craftsmanship of cars, especially ones built by the Nash Motors Company. Survivors include grandchildren, Sharon Sellers of Ochlocknee, Nina Willis (Greg) of Cairo, William Jarrett Turnbull (Jennifer) of Boston; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Lee Sellers of Ochlocknee, Joseph Baxley of Ochlocknee, Chris Sellers of Cairo, Paul Sellers III of Ochlocknee, Taylor Ansley of Cairo, Maelee Sellers of Cairo, Jane Waver Willis of Cairo, Gretchen Turnbull of Boston, Malorie Turnbull of Boston, Avery Turnbull of Boston; daughter-in-law, Patsy Turnbull of Cairo; son-in-law, Wayne Bonner of Cairo; brother, David Turnbull (Joan) of Blue Springs, Miss.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Deceased family members are his wife; parents; son, Robert Turnbull Jr.; twin daughters, Jean Bonner and Joan Sellers; son-in-law, Paul Sellers; grandson, Paul Sellers, Jr.; and sister, Jean Turnbull Carper. Guests may sign the online register at — Clark Funeral Home

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