Thelma Lee Turner

1927–2014 (Age 87)
Crawford, Oglethorpe, Georgia, United States

The Life of Thelma Lee

When Thelma Lee Turner was born on 24 February 1927, her father, Henry Turner, was 34 and her mother, Margaret Elvira Emaline Ledford, was 33. She married JD McFalls on 14 April 1943, in Chester, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Wolf Pit Township, Richmond, North Carolina, United States in 1940 and Winterville, Clarke, Georgia, United States in 2006. She died on 18 December 2014, in Crawford, Oglethorpe, Georgia, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Athens, Clarke, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thelma Lee Turner
JD McFalls
Marriage: 14 April 1943
Richard McFalls Sr
Betty Ruth McFalls
Lanny Gary McFalls
Robert Lindsey McFalls Sr.

Spouse & Children

14 April 1943
Chester, South Carolina, United States


Parents & Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 2

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1942 · Germans Sink Ships Near St. Simons Island

Age 15

Lights from homes along the coast of St. Simons Island provided a clear view of the SS Oklahoma for German U-boat Captain Reinhard Hardegen on April 8, 1942. A German torpedo was fired at the SS Oklahoma shortly after midnight. An hour later, a second torpedo was fired at the oil tanker Esso Baton Rouge. Both ships sunk and the attacks left 22 seamen dead. After the incident, residents of the Golden Isles panicked over concern of a German Invasion of the coast and were stringently observant of a nighttime blackout.  

Age 23

United States military forces play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese troops in Korean War.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, from Anglo-Norman French torner (Old French tornier, Latin tornarius, a derivative of tornus ‘lathe’). The surname may also derive from any of various other senses of Middle English turn, for example a turnspit, a translator or interpreter, or a tumbler.2 English: nickname for a fast runner, from Middle English turnen ‘to turn’ + ‘hare’.3 English: occupational name for an official in charge of a tournament, Old French tornei (in origin akin to 1).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Thelma Turner in household of Henry Turner, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Thelma Turner in household of Henry Turner, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thelma or Thelna Turner in entry for J D McFalls, "South Carolina, County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951"

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