The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 13, 2013

Edgar Russell Turbyfill

Palestine Herald-Press

— Edgar Russell Turbyfill, 85, of Palestine, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Palestine Regional Hospital/East Texas Hospice in the presence of his loving family.

He was born in Palestine to Edgar Wilson and Eunice Turbyfill on Oct. 1, 1927.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Doris Turbyfill; his daughters, Linda Bedre and husband, Scooter of Palestine, Susan Garrett, and husband Bob, of Augusta, Ga., Debbie Nethery and husband, Larry of Palestine; a brother, Wayne Turbyfill and wife, Jean of Palestine; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, Julie Pettiette of Hutto and Lana Crudup of Austin; and a nephew, Ken Leggett and wife, Susan of Palestine.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Eunice Turbyfill; and sister, Lois Leggett.

Russell joined the Navy in 1945, and was stationed in San Diego and while on his boot camp leave, January 7, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Doris Tillman. When the war ended, Russell was discharged in the summer of 1946 and he came back to Palestine to work for his dad in the family business, Turbyfill’s Machine Shop.

Russell worked as a third generation blacksmith and welder. He and his brother, Wayne, carried on the tradition once their father, Edgar Wilson Turbyfill, passed away in 1975. The shop progressed into the current Machine and Fabrication shop as new welding and machining practices gained ground. As the need for blacksmithing slowly subsided, there arose new markets to be explored. The Turbyfills continued to work hard to provide quality services for the community, a tradition since the shop began in the year 1901.

Russell was always willing to try anything and took great pride in the completion of the most difficult and challenging jobs. Eventually oilfield work, new steel construction and modernized farming and fabrication machinery offered new opportunities for the Turbyfills and the shop prospered throughout Russell’s career.

After selling his interest in the business and retiring in 1997, he continued to offer a helping hand, advice and historical tidbits of information to almost anyone who needed it until he reached the end of his life on Sept. 10, 2013.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was on the Board of the Lost Prairie Lake Club. He thoroughly enjoyed having an annual Fourth of July party at their beautiful lake house to include most all of the residents of the lake and his devoted family members.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Evangelistic Temple with Benny Burlison presiding. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Pallbearers will be Duke Waldrop, Tom Ashley, Ken Leggett, Robert Johnston, Jim Schwarz, Cal Wilborn, Kent James, Norris Crawford and Kevin Wermeling. Honorary pallbearers will be Hal and Scott Satterfield, Jeff Gabbert, Alvin Coleman, Alton Doucette, and all of the men at Lost Prairie Lake.

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