March 14, 1963 ~ March 17, 2005

Born in: Pittsburg, Kansas,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Clifton Lloyd “Cliff” Turner, 42, of Candler, was killed Thursday, March 17, 2005, by a drunk driver while loading a vehicle on his tow truck. Mr. Turner was a native of Blackwell, OK, and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur Lee McClure, Preston Lloyd Turner and Rhoda and John Gragg. He was the owner and operator of Biltmore Exxon and was a long time attendee of Pole Creek Baptist Church. He was also a former resident of Charlotte for many years. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Coffman Turner, daughter Peyton Michelle Turner and son Preston James Turner all of Candler, and step-daughter Desiree Davis of Fairview. He is also survived by his parents James and Linda McClure Turner of Blackwell, OK; two sisters Christy Neece and her husband Brent of Sperry, OK and Candyce Mudgett and her husband David of Arlington, TX; a brother Cameron Turner and his wife Jennifer of Owasso, OK; his grandmother Frances Turner of Little River, KS; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Pole Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Thurman officiating. Tow truck drivers please park your trucks beside Cliff’s truck in the church parking lot. His family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

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  1. Cliff always had a smile on his face and a presence about him. Our family will never be the same without him. We loved him dearly and will cherish all the memories that we have.Please keep our entire family in your prayers.

  2. to all of cliff’s family he will be sadly missed i havent known him long; but he has been a very special person to me since i have moved here from rhode island two and half yrs ago. his smile was a bright spot to me when i visiited exxon each time when he was around; he will be sadly missed. my prayers are with all of you and to his crew also at the shop especially jeremy who i just recently spent time working with me on my car within the last couple of days before this terrible accident. we all know the angels will watch over cliff up there so let the kids know he is looking down on them always keeping a watch and will always love them. my prayers always to the family, crew members

  3. Carrie and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.He will be miss by everybody.If you need anything give us a call.


  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Cliff while he lived in Charlotte. He was a wonderful man with such a great smile ! It was impossible to have a bad day around Cliff. He will be missed.

  6. Cliff was always personable, courteous and kind — a rare individual. His untimely death is a great tragedy and loss.

  7. Dear Carrie,
    We were so shocked & saddened to hear about Cliff. You & the family are in our prayers. We can’t imagine the loss you are feeling right now. Please know that even though we are miles apart that we are thinking about you & praying for you. We thank God for having such wonderful neighbors as you & Cliff for several years.
    In His Love,
    Kathy, Randy, & Phoebe

  8. Dear Carrie, may God bless you and the children with His comfort. We just want you to know how much we care & want to help, if you need us. Cliff always had a great smile on his face, which was a great pick-me-up on a bad day. I missed seeing you guys on a daily basis at the bank. This breaks our hearts for you and your children. Know he’s in a great & wonderful place!
    With much love in Christ,
    Jim, Debby, Jesse
    & Becky Hembree

  9. Please accept my sincere condolences. Cliff will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him. He was special in so many ways and he had a way of making those around him smile. He was the nicest person, always so friendly, willing to help, and in the best spirits every time I talked with him.
    Please know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort your heart.

  10. The day that Cliff was taken from us was a huge loss for everyone.
    Just one minute in Cliff’s presence and he’d have you laughing and smiling. His smile and personality were infectious! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carrie, your family and all of the crew.

    Cliff was a good friend to me and I will miss him. If there is
    anything any of you need at any time, please don’t hesitate
    to call us.

    Jerry & Tina Higgins

  11. Dearest Carrie,Children, Jim, Linda, and all Cliff’s siblings, Our love and prayers are with ALL of you during this most difficult time.
    Our memories of Cliff were from highschool when he played B-ball on the same team as our son. Also, from seeing him in church, when your family were visiting his hometown and family.
    We know that he will always be missed, and can never be replaced. But will forever be guarding all of you with his ‘undying’ love.
    God Bless each of you during this most difficult time.
    In Christian Love, Ned & Kay

  12. Carrie & Family,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I was in shock to hear about it on the news Friday morning. Cliff was very good to me for many, many years. He was always willing to help someone out that needed help. Although it is hard to realize this now, he is going to a much better place than the rest of us are living in. He always had a smile on his face each time I came to Exxon either to work or get my vehicle worked on.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

  13. Dear Carrie, Jim and Linda and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult and tragic time. We can’t imagine how difficult it must be but please know that you are surrounded and cared for by many loving family and friends. Words cannot express our profound and overwhelming sense of loss for Cliff. We love you and you are constantly in our thoughts.

  14. Carrie and Family.
    We are saddened by your loss. He will be missed. God bless you and keep you…..

  15. Our family’s prayers are with you. The memory of Cliff’s smile, his sense of humor, and his wonderful spirit will be carried by all who knew him.

  16. To Cliff’s Family, it was so sad to hear about the accident. I lived in Blackwell and went to school with Cliff. He was a great guy. Always laughing and making others laugh. All my memories of Cliff are great ones. I’m sure he was a great at whatever he did. My condolences to all of Cliff’s family and my prayers will be with each of you.
    He will be missed!

  17. To the Turner Family,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss. We would see him sometimes at Temple when we would pick up our kids. He always had a smile on his face and he never failed to say Hello. We know he will be missed. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and always.

    …for the Lord shall be thine
    everlasting light, and the days
    of thy mourning shall be ended.
    Isaiah 60:20

    May you remember always
    that, for every sorrow,
    there is comfort…
    for every sadness,
    there is healing…
    for each loss–
    the promise of new life.
    With Sympathy,
    The Sluder Family

  18. Carrie,
    I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. Cliff always had a smile on his face in spite of his circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort you and strengthen you in this very difficult time.

  19. To the turner family It was so shocking to hear ot the accident that ocurred to such a cutious and helpful person, who always had a smile to share with everyone he met. God bless you and your family.

  20. We were so sorry to hear about Cliff. We loved and admired him and his family. He was such a special person. We will miss him so very much. We will be praying for each of you during this difficult time. May God’s peace be with each of you. We will be in touch with you soon.

  21. Dear Carrie, Jim, and Linda,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss of Cliff. There are so many who will miss Cliff as he was so well loved where ever he was, his personality and big ‘Smile’ says it ALL.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL.
    God Bless,

  22. Sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing. I graduated in 1980 and remember Cliff at school. My prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow. God bless.

  23. My heart aches for you and your family. We, along with our four children loved Cliff. We attended ya’lls wedding in Charlotte.It was lovely.
    I met Cliff when he fixed my car light and became a loyal customer. He was a people person. He made you feel encouraged and uplifted.
    Cliff would try to throw Neal in the ice machine at the Exxon in Charlotte during our ice fights and we would attack him with water balloons.
    If Cliff told me to paint my car purple I’d ask him what shade. He was honorable and a Godly man. We visited the station in Asheville just to say hello on several occasions. He was the best…and is the best. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Please know that this family grieves with you and will keep you in prayer now and forever. It is good to know…really know that Cliff is with his brother, Jesus now. What a precious, precious young man. I will miss him. My eyes are filled with tears for him. I will carry him in my heart until I walk the streets of pure gold with him in heaven.
    Peyton and Preston, your dad was a great man. Desiree, he loved you. Live your life in such a manner that he would be proud. You will have to lean on the God he so loved to keep you in the peace that passes all understanding. I am sorry you will have to miss your dad. He was such salt and light in this world. I hope that you will carry on his legacy in a great way. Know that your dad was thought of highly. I know that he loved you dearly.
    Carrie, I have no idea of your great pain. I pray that our Lord will hold you and wrap you in his love.
    Love in Christ,
    Beverly Mickey

  24. We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of Cliff. He will surely be missed.He always helped us whenever we called.He was ready to help others anytime he could.When he would come into our shop he would be smiling no matter what was going on that day. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you.May God comfort you during this time.

  25. I was a customer of Cliff’s for a number of years and found him to be one of the most honest and trustworthy businessmen I have ever encountered. He was a true Christian in his beliefs, acts and deeds.

  26. Im sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing. I worked there for a short time but he was always so nice to me.It was terrible to hear of what happened , I just could not belive it, but God has a new angel. So my prayers are with you all. God Bless You

  27. A special note for Mr.and Mrs. Turner, Christy, Candyce, Cameron and Grandma Frances Turner and other members of Cliff’s family: Your son, brother, grandson,nephew, uncle, cousin was indeed a person who walked in this world as one who walked in love. You all contributed to the making of this special young man. You did your job well. He was a credit to your name and a precious person.
    I share in your great sadness. I pray for you the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as you walk through your despair.
    God bless you.
    Beverly Mickey


  29. Carrie and Family…
    I only met him for a moment, and that’s all I needed to know how great of a person he is. He is missed by many, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Dear Carrie, Payton, Preston, Desiree and family
    I am very sorry to hear about Cliff accident’? I can not imagine it, how hard it is right now for you and for whole family’? I am very sad because will not see him again. He was a great husband, father and son and also a great host father for me. I will never forgot about the wonderful time that I spent with him and you during the stay in your home.
    I express my deepest condolences to those families of the victims of this atrocity, and want them to know that I am willing to help in any way I can to allay their grief and suffering.

  31. I work for Mountain Area Health and Cliff serviced all of our vehicles. I will miss his smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving family.

  32. Upon first meeting Cliff, I knew that he was special. He helped me with my car when no one else would. (I had an older SAAB that most mechanics would shy away from.) From that first time I stopped at Biltmore Exxon, because of Cliff, I’ve gone nowhere else. His kindness, and his overall pleasant disposition were awesome and infectuous. He made you feel that no problem was impossible to solve. (Believe me, I would go by Biltmore Exxon totally frantic about my car, and Cliff would quickly calm me down and reassure me.) I, like so many others, will miss Cliff terribly. I pray that his wife and children, his whole family, and all of his business associates will be comforted during the sad times ahead. I know for a fact that Cliff has been welcomed by God and all the angels in heaven.

  33. Dear Peyton,
    I am very sorry to hear about your Daddy. I want you to know that I will be praying for you. You will never understand why this happened, you just have to trust that Jesus knows why. I know your little heart is hurting and will for a long time to come, but Jesus knows that too. He will help you get through this terrible time in your life. Don’t feel that you have to be a big girl all the time, even big girls cry when they lose someone so special. I was 35 when my sister died and I cried quite a lot. Just remember to tell Jesus everything you are feeling, He is listening. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    I love you,
    Mrs. Lunsford

  34. I was shocked and terribly saddened to hear of this awful accident and want to tell Cliff’s family that he was a wonderful man, one you could completely rely on for courteous and trustworthy service. The community will miss him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  35. To Cliff’s family:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    My husband Ray Ailey grew up with Cliff in Blackwell, OK, and was so shocked to hear the news. Ray’s thoughts are filled with fond memories of Cliff, as they journeyed as children to adulthood.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    ‘These things I have spoken unto to you that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33

  36. To the Family of Cliff Turner:
    We met Cliff shortely after we moved to Asheville in 2000. In my search for a mechanic, I called Biltmore Exxon because it was close to my job and they offered shuttle service. I was so delighted to meet Cliff. I knew immediately I had found someone very special who I could trust. Over the past 5 years he rescued us many times. Words cannot express the shock and sadness we felt upon hearing the news of his passing. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you all. I have read most of the entries in this guest book and caught a glimpse of his life and the people who who were special to him. It is obvious how much he enriched everyone’s life. A very special man.

  37. I was so saddened to hear of Cliff’s passing.Cliff loved life and was one of the most positive people I have ever known.I am honored to learn I was his favorite teacher at BHS.Cliff made life better for everyone around him.I have no doubt our Heavenly Father graded Cliff as A+.Love and Prayers,Julia Stuever

  38. Carrie, Peyton, Preston and Turner Family:

    Words cannot express our saddness at the loss of our Cliff. We have many special memories of the times we have spent with Cliff during holidays and other family gatherings. We are especially thankful for that one last happy time we had together at Melody’s wedding, even though it was for a very brief time. Please know our thoughts are with you continually and that we are here for you for anything you might need. We will see you soon.

  39. I was shocked to learn of Cliff’s death. I did not know him well, but grew up with Candyce in Blackwell, OK and have many fond memories of the whole Turner family. My heart goes out to Cliff’s whole family, and you are all in our family’s thoughts and prayers. Leslie Klingensmith Taylor, Edward and Samuel

  40. Cliff was a blessed gift for his short 42 years. He was like having a real life babydoll for an 8 year old girl. There are alot of wonderful memories of Cliff, I always think of him when I see the Oscar Meyer commercials. And I still laugh remembering when Linda was laying down with Cliff on Grandpa Thurman’s bed at nap time. Linda told Jim to get Cliff some M I L K, and Cliff raised up on his little elbow and so no P O P. He was always a smart little boy.

    Cliff will always be remembered and missed but I know he is a guardian angel to all those that he loved.

    God Bless to all of the family and thank you for sharing him with us. We love you all. Tandy & Joe Donald, Scott and Heather Webb, Amanda, Dalton Goode , Breckyn, and Addy Ledbetter, Raymond and Erin Webb.

  41. Dear Turner Family–I echo Leslie’s comments. I have many happy memories of you all and am so sad to hear of this devastating loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May strong faith, wonderful memories, and your loving family sustain you during this dark time. Bless you all. Erin Klingensmith Duffy, and Dennis, Maggie, and Embree

  42. To the Turner family,
    I want to tell you how sorry I was to hear of the death of Cliff. My daughters went to school with the Turner kids and we knew all of them from the first day that they moved to Blackwell. Such a wonderful family. May God comfort you all.
    In sympathy, Karen Ghormley

  43. Jim, Linda & Family:

    We love you and are so sorry for your lose. Please let us know what the family needs.

  44. Sorry to hear of the accident. It’s been a real pleasure knowing Cliff and seeing him grow up. He will be missed.
    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. I know we all will treasure our memories of Cliff.
    God Bless

  45. Cliff was such a great guy, always prepared to bring a smile to your face. Buddy, I’ll never forget your hair.

    We will celebrate his gracious spirit and remember a wonderful life.


    Mark Longoria and Family

  46. To all of Cliff’s Family:

    I was so saddened to hear about the accident and the loss of Cliff. I grew up in Blackwell and spent a great deal of time with Christina in junior high and have many fond memories of all of the Turners. The picture of Cliff is just as I remember him – bright, happy, smiling face. He was a kind and happy boy that obviously grew into a wonderful, loving man. My prayers for your peace and comfort will be with you in the coming weeks.

    Much love, Robin

  47. Hi Family, I’m so sad for you and I know your hearts are broken. I know it hurts to just breathe at times. The pain of missing Cliff will be unbareable at times but remember you’ll see him again someday in heaven. He will greet you with that huge smile and a lot of teasing too! Jim and Linda I will see you when you get home. I’m praying for peace and strength for all of you. Love, Bev

  48. Carrie

    I was terribly shocked & saddened at the news of Cliffs passing. May the Lord be with you & yours at this heartbreaking time.


  50. To Cliff’s family,
    I am saddened at the news of Cliff’s passing. I was talking to another classmate just days before the accident and we were talking about Cliff. Sometimes God brings people to our minds for a reason. I was remembering being in driver’s education with him – What an experience that was! Also band and Miss Stuever’s Sophmore English class. What fun! I’m not supprised to read that he brought joy and happiness into the lives of those around him. To say he’ll be missed just doesn’t sound like enough. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers in coming days.

  51. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Cliff’s great sense of humor. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    Jim L. Menzer

  52. Jim and Linda We were so sorry in the lost of your son Cliff, words cannot express the way our hearts felted when you drove up to our house Thursday night. Boyd and I feel like you are part of our family and we love you both very much. God is with you and He loves you very much and we do too. Love Boyd and Edna Butler

  53. Dear Turner Family,

    Cliff brought me joy in life and my prayers are for God’s comfort with you. Cliff has a solid family – that’s why he affected my life. His spirit will carry on with us all and we will meet again. My prayers are for you and God’s spirit to envelope you.

  54. To all of the Turner family and friends.
    It is of deep sorrow to loose a family member or friend. I feel like Cliff was very fortunate to have close family and friends.
    I know that he will be greatly missed my me and and our fellow
    tow truck operators.
    May God bless you all!

  55. We would like to offer our deepest sympathy during this tragic time. Our son Joshua is in Mrs. Spence’s Class with Peyton. Your family are in our prayers, we are asking that the God of all comfort embrace you as He never has before. May His presence be very real to you during these trying times.

    Jonathan and Sandra Stewart
    Joshua and Sarah

  56. Think of you often! This changed me, as I know it changed everyone.
    I saw Peyton & Preston recently @ dad’s 60th birthday party (I know you would’ve surprised him-haha!)
    The kids are sooo you! 🙂
    Miss you!

  57. Jim & Linda:
    We were extremely saddened to hear about your loss. You and all your family are in our hearts and prayers.
    Jamie, Dick, Tucker, Taryn

  58. To the Turner Family,
    Our sorrow over Cliff’s passing is almost too much to bear. May our dear Lord bless and comfort you as you deal with the terrible tragedy of the loss of your dear Cliff. You are so very much in our thoughts and prayers. The Testa Family

  59. Dear Jim, Linda and Family,

    I can still hear Cliff singing ‘Rockin’ robin, tweet, tweet’! And, it makes me smile. Cliff was the kind of person everyone wanted to be around… always laughing, joking and having fun. From junior high through high school, he made me giggle. I pray that you find comfort in his memory during this most difficult time. Repectfully, Cindy Smyth Nolen

  60. It is with the deepest sympathy that I write to the Turner family. I only know Cameron as a co-worker, but sence he is a true reflection of his family. A family that is loving and caring. Draw strength from each other as you share your memories of Cliff. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  61. Our depest condolences to the Turner family. Cliff shared the Lord’s Light with him everywhere he went. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jamie, Jessica and Connie

  62. May the Peace of the Heavenly Father be with the Turner family during this time of their loss. And may they be comforted to know that many share in their loss of Cliff.

    Jerry Edwards and Janis West

  63. Jim and Linda our hearts are so sad over your loss. You are part of our family. You know you can count on us for whatever you need.Lean on your family and the Lord. Our prayers are with you. Kent and Vicki

  64. To: Linda & Family
    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.
    Judy Gehring

  65. As friends of Jim & Linda we are
    aware of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    May God bless & comfort you.

  66. As friends of Jim & Linda we are
    aware of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    May God bless & comfort you.

  67. I recently moved from Oklahoma City to Asheville and stopped by the Biltmore Exxon station to check on a potential problem. It turns out that Cliff and I worked together in Oklahoma City in 1984. He was such a nice, genuine guy and I am terriby saddened by his death. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

  68. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. In this moment when people try to help and console, remember that there are those of us who truly understand what you are going through, but wish we didn’t. My husband and I are sad that we cannot be there just to give you support. But, please know that we are there in spirit, and that if we can offer and help, please feel free to let us know. We love all of you and pray for complete healing of your broken hearts. Samantha, Jeremy, and Malachi (Dial) Conn

  69. My dearest Carrie, Desiree, Peyton, Preston, Jim, Linda, Christy, Candyce and Cameron;

    I just can’t imagine what all you all going thru at this time but please know that you all are being lifted up in prayer from California to New York. Our hearts just ache for all of you at this tragic time.

    Carrie, I want you to know that you were the love of Cliff’s life and what a blessing you are and we are so proud to have you in our family.

    Desiree, Cliff loved you dearly and always wanted what was best for you. I hope you see the love that Cliff had for Carrie and now you have a snapshot of what love really looks and feels like. Embrace that Desiree.

    Peyton, your daddy had so many stories to tell us about you and we loved hearing each one of them as you grew up. You were Daddy’s little girl and he was sooo proud of you and everything you are.

    Preston, you were named after your Grandpa Turner and well as your Dad’s middle name was Lloyd. We loved hearing the stories about you also and your Dad was looking forward to teaching you all about this journey called life. You come from a great family and one day you will come to realize what a splendid family you have. Someday I would like to sit with you and Peyton and tell you some stories about your Dad. There was NEVER a dull moment with Cliff and you could not be around Cliff very long without smiling because he made sure before you left his presence you were smiling.

    Jim and Linda, you have done a great job with raising all of your children and I hope you find peace in that. You are great parents and I am proud to have you as an example for me as well as to have you as my BIG brother Jim.

    Christy, Candyce, Cameron hold close all the memories you have. No one can ever take that away from you. We love you all so much.

    In closing I would like to tell you how I saw Cliff. Cliff dreamed a world of dreams. He worked hard at what he liked to do and tried to overcome all obstacles. He laughed at his mistakes and praised himself for learning from them. Cliff appreciated the beauty of nature. He was honest with people and enjoyed the Good in them. He was not afraid of his emotions. Laughing and crying makes everyone feel better and Cliff was good at that. He loved his friends and family with his entire being, they were the most import part of his life. Cliff felt calmness on a quiet sunny day and planned what he wanted to accomplish in his life. He always found the rainbow and lived his world of dreams. He will be missed immensley. He always made Tracy and Tori laugh and we always looked forward to seeing him at Christmas.
    Matt 25:21 – The master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happiness.

    I know Daddy and Cliff are having a good time now and they are saying, ‘What is all the fuss about’? and Dad has already taken Cliff for his haircut and they are fishing. Waiting on the rest of us to join them. The EAGLE has landed. See ya at the house soon Cliff.

    Please know that you are all loved beyond measure and we look forward to seeing you soon.
    Aunt Janie, Tracy, Tori and Hunter

  70. Dear Cousin Carrie and family,

    We were shocked to hear the sad news.

    We were so glad to meet Cliff and see how happy y’all were there in Asheville.

    Please keep in touch and let us know if we can help in any way.


    Russell and Jane Lucia

  71. John 14 – In my fathers house are many mansions, if it were not so I would not have told you so. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also maybe where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
    My prayers are with all of the Turner and McClure clan and I can hardly wait to see all of you.
    Please know that prayers are being lifted up to all of you for peace and understanding.

  72. Dear Carrie, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We never got to meet Cliff but he must have been a very special person. I know you and your children will miss him terribly, but please let the comfort of Christ hold you up and give you His peace. If you ever need to get away our home is always open to you and the kids!
    Kathy, Michael, Phillip, and Mandy

  73. Dear Jim, Linda & Family:

    We were so saddended to hear of the recent passing of Cliff. We have so many fond memories of Cliff as we grew up together in Blackwell. We remember the many Sundays at church when Cliff was the bright light in our Sunday School Class. We offer our most sincere condolences to you in ths time of sorrow, Cliff will be greatly missed.

    Pam Mann, Marti Mann Harris, Monica Mann Breithaupt, Allison Mann Blair

  74. Dearest Turner Family:
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Jim & Linda, I truly feel your pain. The loss of child, is truly, more than the load we were intended to bear. You had many beautiful and happy years. Cherish those memories, lean on your Savior, and love with all of your might. God Bless each and every one of you!!!

  75. Dear Turner Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear about the loss of Cliff. Although we did not know him extremely well, it was always nice to see his smiling face when he was dropping off or picking up or attending a function with your kids at Temple. So many people have said so many nice things about what a fine person he was. We realize that this is truly tragic, but we also know that God can provide you with HIS Peace and Comfort. Please know that if there is ever anything that we can do to help, that we would certainly be happy to do so. Michael has enjoyed knowing Peyton for the past 3 years. We will be lifting all of you up in our prayers. God Bless!
    Our Love, Thoughts, and Prayers,
    Eric, Lisa, MICHAEL and Margaret Marrow

  76. Cliff was one of my very first friends when I moved to Blackwell in 1978….He was a super person to know, very funny, very charming and loving. I don’t ever remember a bad word coming out of his mouth…..and that was doing pretty good concidering all the foul mouth country boys that surrounded him….he was very popular. I hauled hay with Cliff and played football my Jr. year with him…..Unfortunately I have not seen him in many years, but I know enough to say that he was a blessing to all who knew him……I’ll hopefully see him in Heaven……May our Good Lord and Saviour show His comfort and blessing on Cliffs wife and family…..Blessings and condolences from the Bob Kennedy family in Blackwell Okla.

  77. To the Turner Family,

    I am so sorry to read of Cliff’s passing. I can’t think of Cliff and not smile. He was always doing something silly, from being goofy at Junior High dances or selling tickets to fights in his back yard. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  78. Carrie, Peyton, Preston, Jim, Linda, Christina, Candyce, Cameron, and the ‘whole gang’, You have been in our thoughts and prayers every day since we heard the news of Cliff’s passing. Your whole family is very dear to us and we can’t imagine the pain in losing such a special man in your lives. We know that you all have the peace of the Father’s love to bring you through these incredibly tough times. With all our love, Darrell & Robin

  79. Dear Jim, Linda, & Family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We have such fond memories of our families’ time together. May God bless and comfort you during this time of mourning.
    Our love
    Dan & Rita

  80. I thought of you a lot today. It’s Thanksgiving & I know everyone misses you sooo much! Abbey didn’t get to meet you….she was born April 9th. She does a lot w/ her left hand….I know they say you don’t know if they’ll be a rightie or leftie until they’re older,(& in your case, much older….haha) but I wonder if God gave that to her so she could be like her cousin Cliff…time will tell. I was/am always bad about staying in touch w/ everyone, but I hope you always knew that I loved & looked up to you!
    Miss you!

  81. We at Asheville Wrecker Service want to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Cliff. We knew Cliff as a very special man who brought many a person a smile. His friendly manner and williness to help will always be remembered.

    May the Peace and Grace of the Holy Father be with Cliff and his family now and forever.

    Doris McCuiston
    Richard Fender
    Wyne Roland
    Billie Gowan
    Louis Gowan
    Jamie Butler

  82. Dear Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful friend Cliff was. He will be greatly missed.

  83. Dear Jim, Linda, Christina, Candyce, Cameron, Carrie, Desiree, Peyton, and Preston,

    As longtime neighbors and friends, I was so sorry to hear about Cliff. Over the last few days, I have been thankful to have had the chance to see Cliff in recent years as we all gathered on 2nd Street in Blackwell with all of our children. It was great to see Cliff, to meet his family, and to see he had remained the same positive, smiling and happy man I remembered from childhood. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    John, Kristi, William, Elizabeth and Katherine

  84. I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I don’t know you personally but we are members at Pole Creek. Please, if their is anything I can do for you or your family please feel free to call me (648-1715) or email me. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Love in his name,
    Leighann & Bill Gwinn

  85. We were very fond of Cliff and his family at our house.
    One of my memories was the football game that Paul intersepted a pass, then paused & ran for a touchdown with Cliff right behind him. When teased about it later, Cliff replied, ‘I chased him all the way and he wouldn’t give me the ball’

  86. My son, Brett, and I have been customers at the Biltmore Exxon for years. Cliff was always so helpful and friendly. He always had a smile. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Raina and Brett Allegra

  87. We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that we are praying for you all.

    Tony & Betty Keesee

  88. Dear Family;not long ago I was in Asheville(Ilive in Franklin) for 2 drs. appts.After the first one I noticed that one of my tires was going flat.I immediately went to Cliff’s Exxon and Cliff found that my tire was split open in the sidewall requiring a new tire.I was very impressed by his concern and courteous manner.When a person gets in a hard place as I was that day, you don’t forget someone who is willing to go out of their way to help you.I know you are hurt and davastaed by his passing,but time will ease your pain and he will be with you through many memories,I’m sure.After that day, I always made it a point to gas-up at his location.I think of an old hymn’We’ll understand it all by and by’.Please accept my condolences,Sincerely, Richard Young

  89. Jim and Linda, we are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Your neighbors,
    Charles and Sondra Martin

  90. To The Turner Family,
    Iwas very supprised to hear of your loss,I went to school with Cliff for years and graduated with him in 81′.He was always a great guy,I have not seen him in many years,but I am sure he brought a lot of joy and happiness to all he knew.Memories are the best part of life.God be with you all and bring comfort to you during this tragic time.

  91. I was very sorry to hear of your loss. I know how dangerous that business can be. I did it myself for several years.Cliff was always a good friend through high school and will be missed. My prayers go out to the family. God bless

  92. Dear Jim, Linda, and Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son, Cliff. I know you have many happy memories of him that will live on in your hearts. Please know that I am here for you for whatever you need. Love, April

  93. Sorry for your loss of a loved one so dear to your heart. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Don and Barbara Taylor

  94. Jim & Linda, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Cliff. You will always cherish the memories and the lives Cliff touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless and comfort you during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Ron, Kathy & Grady

  95. Jim & Linda, So sorry to hear about Cliff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know this is the hardest thing you will have to go thru. But Our memories will always be with us. God bless you, Betty & Jim

  96. The first time I met Cliff, I was looking for a place to change my oil at 7:00 in the morning before I went out of town. After stopping at a couple of places, I came to Biltmore Exxon. The attendant checked with ‘the mechanic’ to see if it was possible, and Cliff was up to the task. I thought ‘wow, what a guy!’ I was so happy for this helped that I tipped ‘the mechanic’. Later, after I found out Cliff was the owner, we shared a laugh together! Cliff helped me out of many ‘mechanical’ jams over the years, but it was his smile, Godly attitude, and happiness to help people that attracted me and I’m sure everyone else to him. We shared stories of fatherhood, both of us being step fathers and having our own children as well. Our wives were even pregnant at the same time and I remember sharing many stories of how things were going during the pregnancies. We shared a great love for our little ones, I too love for them to be all over me, just like Cliff did in many of the pictures in his memorial portrayed. My family wishes to extend any help that Carrie and the kids may need, and our prayers for peace and mercy are certainly with you. Cliff will be truly missed by his family and all his friends, but as for him, he has beat us to the prize, for he is with his Lord!

  97. My Heart aches for you.
    The Family of a Great Guy and I am sure a wonderful Husband and Dad.
    It has been a long time but when you think about Cliff it is still all right there.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Love Kristi

  98. To Carrie and Children,
    I have had the pleasure of employing Cliff in my service station in Blackwell from the time Cliff was 15 until college. His work ethics were a direct compliment to his parents.

    Cliff impressed me from the first time I met him and he never let me down.

    Honest to the point it amazed me, cheerful to the point you might have thought he had just won a million dollars.

    Please accept my condolences and may God watch over you and guide you through the rest of your life.

    Jack Rogers
    Blackwell, OK

  99. Carrie, Peyton, Preston, Desiree, Aunt Linda, Uncle Jim, Christy, Candyce, Cameron & the rest of Cliff’s family
    I come to this site daily, trying to find the right words, but there are no ‘right words’.
    I have fond memories of Cliff. From catching lightning bugs, the jokes he’d play on you, to the time he got the bright idea to go to Grandpa Thurman’s old house to see if the owners would let us in to look around & reminisce. I will forever miss the big smile, hug & advice.
    However brief, I’m grateful for the last visit. He was truly a warm, honest person. I know he’s in Heaven trying to dry our tears, enjoying those who greeted him in & probably even watching baseball with Grandma Gragg.
    Please know I’m sorry we couldn’t be there, but you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are here if you need anything at all, even if it’s an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. May God be with you.
    Cliff~ Until we meet again~ Love you!
    ~Angela Gragg Edmounds & Family

  100. Well, today makes 2 yrs. since I saw you. I never dreamed Melody’s wedding would’ve been that time. I’m glad ya’ll were able to make that trip. Her anniversary will always hold an extra special place in my heart.
    Thank you for the sign a few weeks back! I needed that!

  101. Turner Family,

    I speak for my family and myself when I write that Cliff was one of those people that you hoped you would see again sometime.

    It has been many years since we last saw him but the fond memories will definitely last a lifetime.

    May the twinkle of his eyes remain in your hearts forever.

  102. Dear Linda,Jim,Carrie and family I was so sorry to hear about Cliff.There are few people in your life that make a lasting impression on you.Cliff was one of those people.When we all were very young we use to sit in the tree at Grandpa Thurmans and sing and laugh and think of things to get into. We use to play store in the basement and throw things down the laundry shoot,and we would laugh and laugh and get in big trouble before the day was over.Then as adults we went back one more time to Grandpa Thurmans to see where we all made memories and we still laughed. Then we all were together agian at Melodys wedding and we all laughed.Thats how I will remember Cliff as I always have through out my childhood and now that I have grown into an adult laughing and making others laugh.My prayers are with you all. Patty Kay Lee(Gragg)

  103. To Friends and Family–

    Although, I hadn’t spoken to or seen Cliff in the past few years, the news of his death saddened me greatly.

    I had the pleasure of attending school, playing football, and working at Rogers Oil with Cliff while living in Blackwell. He and I had some great times while working together. I was happy to have known him and considered him a great friend.

    After learning where Cliff was residing, in the summer of 2000, during a visit to the Biltmore Estate, I was fortunate to have payed him a surprise visit. While sitting on a lawn chair, outside of his service station in Ashville, NC we talked about old times and old friends. He was the same happy, go lucky guy that I remembered from the years previous. We had a great coversation, recalling old memories and catching up on current affairs. I had promised to look him up again the next time I visited Ashville. Unfortunately, I haven’t returned to Ashville since that day. However, I have told many of that visit and how good it was to have spoken with him after many years.

    Words cannot express how sorry I am for each of Cliff’s family and friends. However, I continue to pray for the family and know that with faith, God will see you through and through Cliff will be glorified.



  104. Carrie, Peyton, Preston, Desiree, and all of the Turner Family~
    I have so many wonderful memories of time with Cliff. I will forever remember him as the wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and could make other smile too. I will cherish all my memories of him. I was so glad Brian got to meet the famous Cliff at our wedding, although it was just for a short time, he was able to see the great man we all knew and loved.
    I know Cliff is in Heaven with Grandma and Grandpa Gragg and is watching over all of us who love him. He is truely our guardian angel.
    Love you all so much!
    Brian and Melody Lavender (Gragg)

  105. I am so sorry for your loss. Although I haven’t seen Cliff in many years his smile is the same as I remember. The Turner family is very special to me. You are in my prayers.


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