Charles “Charlie” Edmond Turnmire, Jr., 87, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021. He was born in Caldwell County, son of the late Charles Edmond Turnmire, Sr. and Ola Hartley Turnmire. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Peggy Hawkins and Rebecca Threadgill. Charlie was a North Carolina Army National Guard Veteran.
Charlie located to Charlotte, NC upon graduating from Western Carolina University. He married his sweetheart, Beada Huntley, on July 26, 1958. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary next month. Charlie began his teaching career at Wilson Middle School in health and science. He also worked part-time as a bus driver for Trailways for a few years. From Wilson Middle School, he moved to Harding High School as a driver’s ed teacher. He retired in 1991 after 34 years of teaching in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
Charlie and his family were members of Mulberry Baptist Church where he could always be seen giving everyone a warm welcome. He dearly loved his Sunday School class.
Charlie enjoyed many blessings in life but the ones he enjoyed the most were keeping his yard meticulously manicured, going hiking in the mountains, camping, being in charge of the ticket sales for the high school football and basketball games, playing tennis, eating good food (especially homemade ice cream), reading David Baldacci and James Patterson books, and most importantly…spending time with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Beada Huntley Turnmire; his daughter, Tara Lucas and her husband, Steve; his grandchildren, Evan Lucas and Emily Lucas; his nieces, Lisa Stahl, Debbie Threadgill, and Katrina Crooks and her husband, Jason; his nephews, Bud Freeman and his wife, Mary, and Alex Freeman and his wife, Cheri; and his close cousin, Marlene Hartley and a number of other cousins.
The family of Mr. Turnmire will receive friends on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Mulberry Baptist Church, 6450 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214. A service to celebrate his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. A graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn West Cemetery, Charlotte. Flowers and memorials may be sent to Mulberry Baptist Church.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for Mr. Turnmire's family.
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