Thomas Calvin ‘Tommy’ Turnage, 67, never met a Ford he didn’t like

Thomas Calvin ‘Tommy’ Turnage

LELAND — Thomas Calvin “Tommy” Turnage, 67, peacefully passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at home. He was Born in Columbia, South Carolina, to the late Howard Robert Turnage and Martha McGlashan Turnage.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Sue Ann Price and April Sue Price; and one brother, George Mitchell Turnage.

Tommy is survived by his spouse, Tammy Etheridge Turnage; two daughters, Tracey L. Turnage and Lindsey Turnage Williamson, and her husband, Steven E. Williamson; stepson, Shawn D. Phillips, and his spouse, Jessica N. Phillips; and grandchildren, Hunter Clewis, Christian Carioti, Tyler Williamson, Ashton Williamson, Kendall Jones, Johnathan Jones, Abel Phillips, Jeremiah Phillips and Ellington Phillips. Also, surviving are his two brothers, Luther Howard (Billy) Turnage, and his spouse, Irma Turnage, and John Christopher (Chris) Turnage, and his spouse, Betty Jo Turnage; and one sister, Barbara Turnage Hall.

He was originally from Cheraw, South Carolina, and moved to the Wilmington area as a teenager. He graduated from Hoggard High School, where he played football and baseball.

Tommy worked for National Starch and Chemical Company before he retired.

He was a great coach to the many coed softball teams he led during his life and always pushed his team to do their very best and have fun, too!

Tommy’s true love was racing. He loved to go fast on the track in his early years and always shared the best stories about his racing adventures. The “Horstang” was his baby. He never met a Ford he didn’t like!

For those who knew Tommy, they understood he was truly a one-of-a-kind guy not to be forgotten. He was true to his beliefs and loved his family and friends with all his heart.

The family is grateful for the wonderful care that Dr. Samuel Armitage and his team gave to Tommy.

A private memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, and may be joined virtually through Coastal Cremations with a Zoom link to follow.

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