Dr. Calvin C. Turpin, a retired Southern Baptist minister, died on March 29, 2016. He was born November 8, 1924.
A native of Granite City, Ill., he had been a resident of Edmond, Okla., for 12 years. He was the son of Golden and Gertrude Turpin of Searcy, Ark.
In 1944 he married Eudell Coody, his childhood sweetheart.
After graduating from Floyd High School, White County, Ark., he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Coast Artillery and Field Artillery before becoming a Prisoner of War Administrator. Following the war, Dr. Turpin earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, B.D., M.R.E., and M.Div. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Doctor of Science in Theology from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he studied at the University of Arkansas and Texas Tech University. He was the author of seven books and many articles.
Dr. Turpin was a retired professor of religion and an administrator at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. Earlier he had served at other educational institutions across the country. He took an early retirement from university work due to military-related disabilities.
He served as National Chaplain for the American Legion from 2000 to 2001. In that capacity, he served as the spiritual advisor for the national commander and the three million veteran members and their families. Also, he served more than 20 years as a chaplain in the United States Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol. He retired as this organization's National Deputy Chief of Chaplains. As the American Legion's National Chaplain, he visited the President in the White House, gave an opening prayer for Congress, participated in the groundbreaking for the World War II Memorial, and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Dr. Turpin will be remembered for a lifetime of ministry, care and encouragement for friends and strangers alike. His legacy of compassion and service was recognized by all who came to know him.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eudell Coody Turpin.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan Turpin Jones and husband, Dennis, of Carmel Valley, Calif., and son, John Turpin and wife, Tandy, of Edmond, Okla. He is survived by four grandchildren, Dennise Jones Stewart and husband Bart, Kelly Jones Barrett and husband Kevin, Ethan Turpin and wife Kortnee, and Colin Turpin. Further, he is survived by five great-grandchildren, Emily and Matthew Stewart, Madeline, Catherine and Henry Barrett.
Published on March 30, 2016