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Turner honored by Ruritan
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marion lee turner 2020 morrison ruritan citizen of the year

Marion Lee Turner has been named the 2020 Morrison Ruritan Citizen of the Year. 

Turner expressed his gratitude for the recognition and offered words of wisdom. 

“All you are is a memory. Make it a good one,” said Turner, a saying taught to him by his mother. 

A banquet in his honor will be held Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Morrison Ruritan building, 121 West Maple Street in Morrison. Reservations can be made by March 25 by contacting Mike Holland at 931-235-3356.

Turner was born in 1947, the youngest of nine children, to Earl and Willie Turner. He attended school in Morrison and graduated high school in 1965. During his freshman year at MTSU, Turner was drafted into the United States Army and served two years. 

His teaching career spans more than three decades and includes 15 years at Tennessee College of Applied Technology as an auto mechanics instructor and 15 years at Manchester High School teaching auto body. Turner retired in 2003.

Turner lives in the Vervilla community with his wife Connie. They have two children. Within the community, he is well known for his generosity – mowing neighbor’s yards as well as delivering biscuits, donuts, or his wife’s home-cooked meals to local residents who are elderly, sick or just in need of a visit. 

An active member of Morrison Church of Christ, Turner assists in a wide array of activities such as Sunday school teacher, song leader, group leader, and deacon. He is in charge of much of the congregation’s benevolent work, including its food pantry. 

During the March 28 banquet, a Ruritan of the Year will be named and receive the Arry Youngblood Memorial Award. The selection will be made by a secret ballot of club members and the identity of the recipient will not be revealed until that time.