Marvin DeLane Turner

Marvin DeLane Turner

December 1, 2020, 94, Goldsboro

A mighty oak fell in God’s forest today. This oak had many bows and was deeply rooted. God was there to catch this mighty oak and upon this embrace, he simply said, “job well done.” This was no ordinary oak.

Marvin DeLane Turner, 94, of Goldsboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Wayne UNC Health Care.

Marvin was born in Lenoir, NC, on October 23, 1926, to Victor and Lena Turner. At age 16, he became a student at Maryville College in Tennessee for one year before joining the United States Navy near the end of World War II. After serving for two years, he attended Appalachian State University, Boone, NC for one year and completed his college education by graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in industrial engineering.

As a student at NCSU, Marvin was in attendance at the first men’s basketball game played in Reynolds Coliseum, attended the last game played there, and was at the first game played in the new PNC arena. He remained a strong supporter and fan.

After working for 11 months in Richmond, VA for a fire protection company, he began working for Daniel Construction Company, Greenville, SC (later Fluor Daniel) and worked for 38 years as a fire protection engineer, mechanical project manager, and retired as estimating manager, Project Controls Division, Fluor Daniel, Greenville, SC.

Marvin’s happiest days after retirement were working with Kingdom Builders of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, of which he was a member, with men who became his closest friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 ½ years, Anne Scott Turner, and a daughter, Martha Layne Turner. He was very close to his sister-in-law and her family, Jettye Scott Suggs, and his brother-in-law, Woodrow Scott, Jr. and his family.

Marvin was an avid reader and was a self-taught Bible scholar. He and Anne enjoyed many cruises and other trips with their friends from Greenville, SC, Larry and Joyce Shaw, the couple who introduced them in the early 1960’s.

A private graveside service for the family will be held on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Pastor Bill Rose officiating. A service to celebrate Marvin’s life will be announced at a later date in the sanctuary of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory of Marvin to The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1100 The First Church Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534 or a charity of one’s choice.

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