Rev. W H Turnley Obit
Turnley, Parmenas Taylor, The Turnleys : a brief record, biographic and narrative of some of the Turnleys in the United States and Europe from data gathered from many sources on two continents, through the kindly assistance of several of the direct and collateral branches
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Rev Wm H Turnley
From the New Orleans Christian Democrat
Died at his house, on Little River, in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana,
August 23, 1855, Rev Wm H Turnley, a member of the Conference, aged
50 years, 7 months, 15 days.
His death was caused by bronchitis, a disease he had labored under for
years. It is probable that this disease extended to his lungs, and thereby
occasioned his death.
On the 7th inst., previous to his death, he preached on the later para-
graph of the 25th chapter of St Matthew, which we believe ended his public
labors. He was taken very ill, on Friday before his death, and suffered
much during seven days, when his happy spirit took its flight.
He was not sensible of any local pain, but suffered much from (as he
expressed it) a wretched feeling.
He murmured not at his afflictions, but seemed all the while to be
possessed of a spirit of unusual kindness, love, patience and resignation.
He said nothing of his future prospects during his illness, being most of
the time out of his right mind, but we have no cause to doubt. Judging
from his godly walk, the best index to future happiness, his incessant
zeal and untiring efforts for the preservationof his Master's kingdom, we cannot
but say he is wearing the long fought-for crown.
We do not know the minister who seems to be better qualified for an
intinerant than Wm H Turnley. Not lacking of talent, nor in faithfulness
to duty, religion was his theme; and he taught it from pulpit, and from
house to house. He seemed peculiarly adapted to the instruction of
children--a duty he never neglected; while the aged never conversed with
him without instruction.
Though he was not possessed of great literary attainments, he had his mind
well stored with a stock of general knowledge, so that he was not out of
his place when among able men. Nevertheless, he would sit, as it were,
at the feet of the most simple.
He was a living rebuke to arrogancy--ever humble and never aspiring save
for the position he now enjoys--a saint with God.