Toby Lee Turman

Born: Sat., May 12, 1934
Died: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Aug. 24, 2019
Location: Farris Mines Christian Church

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Toby Lee Turman, age 85 left on his last trip on August 21, 2019.  He was the son of the late William W. Turman and Ena May Farris Turman.  He was preceded in death by his son; Toby Lane Turman, both parents, his two brothers Rupert and Hubert, and his two sisters, Marie Jennings and Glenna Marshall.  He leaves his wife Annabelle Turman, his son, Dean Turman and many friends around the world to celebrate his life.  Toby was born alongside of Big Reed Creek in Allisonia, where he spent many happy days in his father’s grocery store and swimming in Big Reed Creek with all the folks who came to the store.  He met his childhood sweetheart, Annabelle Webb in the seventh grade, and married her in 1953 and has loved her for the last 66 years.  During his life, Toby traveled through 50 countries working in the drilling industry in search of our natural minerals.  He had the opportunity to live in the jungles with natives around the world, swim in the Nile River, climb the pyramids of Egypt and walked on the Great China Walls while he worked with some of the great engineering firms around the world.  He thought of his years on the road as one long continual vacation.  He often expressed how he and his family have been blessed to have had the chance to witness God’s great creations he gave us to enjoy.  The memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Farris Mine’s Christian Church with Pastor Dennis Trail officiating.  His last resting place will be in the Turman Cemetery on the hill across the street from the church.  The family will be receiving friends following the memorial service at John and Lisa Bradley’s home, 4260 Pleasure View Drive Allisonia, Virginia 24347.  He has requested contributions be made to the Farris Mine’s Christian Church P.O. Box 541 Allisonia, Virginia 24347.  

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Sharon Stemple
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019


With deepest sympathy Brad & Kay Stemple

Mark Jones
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
Please accept my deepest condolences on Toby's passing. I considered him a true friend. I had the pleasure of working with him and he made it fun. Till next time my friend.

Annmarie Kiehart
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
Annabelle & Dean,

I was so sorry to hear about Toby. So many good memories of him at Acker Drill! He always had a story to tell and a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Annmarie Kiehart

Charles & Martha Damron
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
Toby was always had a smile on his face and a warm hand shake for us when we visited and preached at Farris Mines Christian Church. His presence will be greatly missed. Blessings upon the family and especially Annebelle. May God comfort you all.

Tom Shenosky
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
Annabelle, sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember when you lives in Florida. After dinner you sat me down to watch to 50 anniversary of the life and times of Toby & Annabelle Turman. Dean great job, I truly enjoyed. Watching your mom wash out diapers on side of road. Rest In Peace my friend

John Gaidula
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019

I’m was very sorry to hear about Toby’s passing. I so enjoyed the many good times we had while working on drills for Warren Acker at Northeast Geotechnical. Toby was a great story teller and I really enjoyed listening to them over a Jim Beam and Coke while we sat at my house. He was an interesting guy and he will be missed.

John Gaidula

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