John 1Wesfey Turnmufl
John Thomas Memorial Chapel... 11:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
Christchurch Methodist... 12:30 2:00 p.m.
Christchurch Methodist... 2:00 p.m.
Interment at Western Cemetery I
Saturday, August 6, 1988
Reverend Joseph Lloyd, Officiant
Mrs. Lora Richards, Organist
JOHN WESLEY TURNBULL
July 4, 1907 August 2, 1988
John Wesley Turnbull was born to James and Johanna (nee Todman)
Turnbull on July 4, 1907, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. His mother died
when he was but ten years old and his father later married Jesse Scatliffe,
who became his stepmother. Young John attended primary school in Tortola,
where he received the rudiments of education from such strict teachers of
the old school as Samuel Harrigan, grandfather of Dr. Norwell Harrigan.
As a young man in 1927, he migrated, as did so many of his generation,
to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was to live the rest of his life,
becoming a naturalized citizen in 1942. On October 24, 1934, he wedded
Ruth Ann Eliza Skelton of Long Look, Tortola, who had also migrated to
St. Thomas. Three sons, Charles Wesley, Donald and Vernald; and two
daughters, Mavis and Doris, issued from this union. Ruth, his wife of over
twenty-nine years, predeceased him on February 16, 1964.
On August 18, 1968, he married his second wife, Vitalia Gertrude
Forbes (nee Romney) formerly of West End, Tortola. Cecil O. Forbes
now became his stepson.
Always very active, conscientious and hardworking, John was first em-
ployed by the Lockhart family as an agricultural worker on their estates
east of Charlotte Amalie. He was later employed by the Arindel Construction
Company in the building of the Submarine Base in St. Thomas during World
War II. Afterwards, he worked with the Mears & Ewing Company and the
Virgin Islands Public Works Department in various skilled labor and super-
visory positions. He received numerous commendations for his high quality
work and service beyond the call of duty. Although he was foremost a
master plumber, he was also a jack-of-all-trades type who found or made
useful work at home or elsewhere. He formally retired from government
service in 1976, but remained an "active retired worker" until his recent
He was a good husband to both his wives. He was a more than adequate
provider for his family. There was always food on the table, even in the
hardest of times. To his children he was a very stern but caring father. He
was particularly strict in matters pertaining to education. He was adamant in
his insistence that a child's chief occupation during his or her school years
was to study. Consequently, his children had no alternative but to pursue
seriously the task of acquiring a good and fruitful education. This legacy
was passed to his grandchildren, of whom he became increasingly fond.
He loved to engage in lively discussions of current events and problems.
He made his position clear. Everyone, like it or not, knew where he stood
on an issue. He had a particularly engaging way of settling disputes among
relatives and friends with wit and common sense.
And ardent and faithful Methodist for over fifty years, John served
Christchurch Methodist in various capacities, including Class Leader and
Circuit Steward. He was recently honored for his long and dedicated service
to the church during the Golden Jubilee celebration of Christchurch
Methodist. John Wesley Turnbull departed this earthly life in the wee hours
of Tuesday, August 2, 1988 at the St. Thomas Hospital.
As it is with all mortals, he was not without his faults. But he was
an upright and law-abiding citizen, a good husband, grandfather, brother,
uncle, cousin and friend. Most importantly, he accepted Jesus Christ as his
personal Saviour. Yes, he will be missed by many, but his earthly pilgrimage
is through. So, as we take him to his resting place this day, we quote the words
of a great hymn of our Christian faith:
Servant of God, well done
.. The battle fought, the victory
won... Go, take with saints
thy place; but go, as each
has gone before, a sinner
saved by grace... "
by Dr. Charles Wesley Turnbull
Order of Service
Hymn No. 503 ................... God Moves in a Mysterious Way
Psalm 121 ................................... Congregation
Solo ..................................... Luther Milliner
The Ministry of the Word
Wisdom 5: 15-16;3: 1-5,9 ...................... Warren DeWindt
Romans 8: 35, 37-39 .......................... Donald Turnbull
St. John 14: 1-3, 27 ........................ Barbara D. Murrain
HymnNo. 371 ................................And Can It Be
Eulogy .............................. Dr. Charles W. Turnbull
Choir ....................................... Psalm 23
Prayers of Thanksgiving
The Lord's Prayer .............................. Congregation
Hymn No. 215 .............................. The Strife is O'er
Dr. Charles W. Turnbull / Donald Turnbull / Vernald Turnbull
Clarence R. Wells / Sidney M. Richards / Cecil O. Forbes
Wilfred Smith / Dr. John S. Moorhead / Dr. Kno-Hsin-Chang
Reginald Davis / Warren DeWindt / Alfred Turnbull
Mario Turnbull / Angel Turnbull / Thomas Turnbull
Adolphus Turnbull / Raymond Turnbull / Elmo D. Roebuck
Justin Turnbull / Selwyn S. Walters / Leroy Marchena
Inocencio Duran / Winston Turnbull
Marilyn Turnbull David / Lorna Turnbull Jackson
Roy Frelt / Inez Turnbull / Adorothy Turnbull
Icina Turnbull Smith / Juel Turnbull Molloy / Idalia Turnbull
Ena Spencer / Doris Davis / Judi Duran / Sparkle Estrill
John Wesley Turnbull was a wonderful and faithful husband to me in our
almost twenty years of marriage. I will miss him very much, but I know that
God's will must be done and I hope to meet with him in paradise.
Your loving wife, Vitalia
Daddy, you were a good father and role model to all of us, your children,
for more than fifty years. We love and miss you, but God loves you more
and has taken you to your heavenly home. All of us will live with the hope,
prayer and faith that the family circle will be complete once more around
the throne of Almighty God. Until then, rest in peace.
Your loving son, Charles Wesley
If we could go back in time and relive our happiest moments, what
would we choose? So many choices would be ours. But we would pass them
all and take tomorrow, when in God's love and home we will be together
Daddy, God be with you until we meet again. With love,
Your loving son, Donald
and grandsons, Donald and Ronald
IN MEMORY OF JOHN WESLEY TURNBULL
He chose the straight and narrow
Never heeding the worldly call
He blazed a trail for us to follow
He was a beacon for us all.
We need not weep, need not grieve
A gift from God to us was he
A father never ever dies
For he lives through his offspring eternally.
Your loving son, Vernald,
and grandchildren, Monique and Antoine
IN LOVING MEMORY
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
When we are called to part
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart
And hope to meet again.
Your loving daughter, Mavis Richards
LOVING MEMORIES OF MY FATHER
As I peer through my kaleidoscope of thoughts
I see an image of an oak tree
Strong, secure, and expansive;
With branches that spread and embrace
And roots that travel far and wide.
Images of love
Images of peace
Images of wisdom
Images of security.
Images of perseverance
Images of understanding
Images of dependability
Images of kindness.
Images of laughter
Images of happiness
These traits and more
Are what I really adored.
Your loving daughter,
Doris Turnbull Wells
IN MEMORY OF JOHN WESLEY TURNBULL
John Wesley Turnbull will be missed by all those who came in contact
with him over the past eighty-one years that God spared him to live on this
earth. As the gentleman and father that he was, he put his family above
himself. The word "father," to Mr. Turnbull, as I called him, meant being
there in good and bad times. He always had a kind word to say and found
a way to make you smile.
Now that he has moved on to a better place, there will be a void in the
place where there was a man that gave the word "father" its true meaning.
I know that the Father above will give him his true reward, a place in eter-
nity with Him.
Your loving stepson, Cecil Forbes
He was a wonderful father who was always there when you needed
him. He was generous, kind and understanding. His gentle, yet strong and
persevering nature was a model for others to follow. He had a refreshing
sense of humor that made him fun to be around. He will be greatly missed,
but I know that he is at peace and happy. He can hold his head up high in
heaven, for his job as father and friend was well done on earth.
Your loving son-in-law, Clarence
A DEDICATION TO MY GRANDFATHER
Though this time has come, we must not look in sadness, but rejoice in
happiness because we know that he is going home to be with the Lord.
The years that he spent on this earth were fruitful and were spent worth-
The tears his family sheds are not tears of grief but of joy, knowing
that our Saviour has made a place for our loved one to rest in peace.
We should be thankful, because he is now out of the pain of this world.
So let us pray together that we will all be strong because he would want us
"We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us."
Barbara D. Murrain
There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain
There everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers;
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heavenly land from ours
Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er
Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood
Should fright us from the shore!
Enjoy your beautiful new home!
Your loving grandchildren,
Cherisse and Jamal
Vitalia Gertrude Turnbull
Mavis Murrain Richards and Doris Wells
Dr. Charles W. Turnbull, Donald Turnbull and Vernald Turnbull
Cecil O. Forbes
Clarence R. Wells and Sidney M. Richards
William, Thomas, Charles and Richard Turnbull
Frances Turnbull, Belvina Turnbull, Gertrude Turnbull,
Maude Turnbull, Vashti Boynes, Estelle Branch and Leona Escalera
Wilfred Smith, Wendell and Vernon Parsons
Barbara D. Murrain, Beverly Murrain, Cherisse M. Wells,
Jamal R. Wells, Donald Turnbull, Ronald Turnbull,
Monique Turnbull, Antoine Turnbull, Vernon Forbes,
Vitalia Forbes and Cecil O. Forbes, Jr.
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends