Eloise Rozier Turner
Inscription and Notes:
w/o Dennis Trippe Turner
Mrs. Turner, Unique Person
In the death of Mrs. Dennis Turner our city has suffered an irreparable loss. Particularly will she be missed by the Georgia College Alumni Association and the First United Methodist Church where she taught the Mattie Bivins Sunday School class for 45 years. She was committed to the things of the mind and the spirit. Her devotion to them never wavered and all other values were subordinated to them.
Books were her perennial delight. Until her very brief final illness, she read with zest and with great discrimination in the fields of literature and history. Her numerous articles dealing with the early days of Baldwin and Hancock Counties earned her the respect of historians.
Her strength of character was severely tested during the Second World War when three sons and a beloved son-in-law were fighting overseas. The fortitude which she displayed at this time continued even at the news of the deaths of her two oldest sons, Lieutenant Colonel William L. Turner and Lieutenant Dennis Trippe Turner, Jr. during the same week in the invasion of Normandy Beach. There is no estimating what her courage meant to others suffering losses.
No account of the life of Eloise Turner could omit reference to the many friends whom she “grappled to her heart with hoops of steel.” Her astute Christian mind attracted many. Her circle of friends was as wide as could be encompassed by a generous nature, a lively sense of humor, a basic respect for personality, and an instantaneous compassion for those in need. This was attested to by the broad spectrum represented among those who stood about her grave in Sparta where she was buried September 2, two days after her death. At her request, there was no eulogy, but surely a life such as hers constitutes its own best eulogy.
Letter to the Editor of the Union Recorder, September, 1979
Dr. Rosa Lee Walston, Professor Emerita of English
Georgia College & State University