Willie Lee Turnage

1 May 1915–5 December 1995 (Age 80)
Lawrence, Mississippi, United States

The Life of Willie Lee

When Willie Lee Turnage was born on 1 May 1915, in Lawrence, Mississippi, United States, her father, Benjamin Harrison Turnage, was 25 and her mother, Anna Edna Daughdrill, was 17. She married Franklin Ellis Berry on 26 November 1932, in Rankin, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Beat 5, Jefferson Davis, Mississippi, United States in 1930 and Beat 3, Simpson, Mississippi, United States for about 5 years. She died on 5 December 1995, in Simpson, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Stonewall Cemetery, Simpson, Mississippi, United States.

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Family Time Line

Franklin Ellis Berry
Willie Lee Turnage
Marriage: 26 November 1932
Mary Francis Berry
Ellis Marshall Berry
Mattie Helen Berry

Spouse and Children

26 November 1932
Rankin, Mississippi, United States


    Mary Francis Berry


    Ellis Marshall Berry


    Mattie Helen Berry


Parents and Siblings

    Benjamin Harrison Turnage





    Loraine Turnage



    BABY BOY Turnage


    Willard Jefferson Turnage


    Ada Mae Turnage


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · Mississippi State Sanatorium for TB is Established

Age 1

The Mississippi State Sanatorium is a hospital used for tuberculosis patients. This lasted from 1918 to the 1950s. The Sanatorium has now been turned into a museum.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 22

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: unexplained; in England it is associated chiefly with Essex.2 Probably an Americanized spelling of German Türnich, of unexplained origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Willie Lee Turnage in household of Ben Turnage, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willie L Turnage in household of Ben H Turnage, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Willie Lee Berry in household of Ellis Berry, "United States Census, 1940"

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