Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 26
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He was also president of the Texas State Association
of Colored Teachersfrom 1939 to 1940. He taught summer school at
Texas College for 22 years. In fact, he never took a vacation
because he was so dedicated to education. In 1945 he was offered
the presidency of Bulter College, but he refused it to remainin
Carthage. He continued to teach until 1946 when he was vicitim-
izedby a stroke. His illness continued until his death in 1952.
Mrs. Jones' earliest recollection of Mr. Turner was that he
was a big man with a booming loud voice. Mrs. Jones explained,
" At first I was afraid of him." But through the years, as she
iot more familiar with him she began to gain love and respect for
him more and more and regard him as something special. Under Mr.
Turner she began to see the school as one big family. " After
leaving Carthage and Mr. Turner, col lege seemed pale and dim,"
said Mrs. Jones.
Mr. Turner's responsibilities were as administrator of the
entire school and instructor in the high school grades eight
through eleven. But he was more than that; he was like a wise
and affectionate father to all of his students. Mrs. Jones re-
members Mr. Turner as disciplinarian, strict, no nonsense, yet
fair and understanding. Whenever a student was out of line, Prof.
Turner administered punishment with a leather strap. When ever
a student did receive punishment, it was hard, but deserved.
" Not only would he punish the boys, but when they needed
somebody to talk to, a counselor, he was always there."
" Mr. Turner wanted only the best for his students simply
because they were his. He would give his all to his students
because he loved them. He wanted his pupils to achieve better
things in life, so when a student graduated from high school, if
he wanted to pursue college, Turner would help himr. r. Turner was
also a competitor, he urged his students to possess the same com-
petitive drive that had been instilled in him. He wanted his
students to set goals, aim high for the good things in life, and
strive hard despite obstacles."
He also quoted from such great writers as Emerson, Bryant,
and Keats among others. Futhermore, A. L. Turner was a philos-
pher in his own way. One quote Mrs. Jones remembers credited to
Mr. Turner was during the graduation of 1940. It was,'live in
deeds, not in words, in service, not years; therefore, remember
a place is the ranks awaits you'"?
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Panola College. Dept. of Communications. Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976, periodical, 1976; Carthage, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth151414/m1/28/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Panola College.