The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 181-183, pub. 1978
Charles Herman Turley, born October 4, 1899 at Snowflake, Arizona, was the sixth child of Alma Ruben Turley and Delilah Jane Willis Turley. When he was a babe in arms his parents moved to Woodruff, Ariz., a little farming community about 28 miles north of Snowflake. His childhood was spent in Woodruff doing all the things little boys do as they grow up: swimming, playing war with clay bullets, etc. After graduating from the eighth grade, he went to Snowflake to high school. He stayed with his grandfather and grandmother, William Wewley Willis and Gabrilla Stratton Willis. He still remembers how good his grandmother’s stew tasted. Charles always loved sports. He was, a good runner, good basketball player and enjoyed all the other sports.
Charles, Tillman and Wallace Turley, Snowflake, AZ
It was while he was going to school in Snowflake that he met Elizabeth Ann Hunt. Charles was called on a mission to the Southern States in October, 1919. While there he baptized 37 people. He labored in Georgia and was president of the Georgia Conference.
Charles and Elizabeth. Ann Hunt were married October 12, 1921 in the Salt Lake Temple on his way home from his mission.
In 1926 President Grant called for 1000 short term missionaries. They had two children then, but Charles and Ann obeyed the call. He labored in the Southern States again. In Florida he was also president of the Florida Conference.
Charles has always been very active in the Church. He has served in nearly every office or calling except being a bishop. He was a bishop’s counselor to Floyd Turley. He has served as Stake High Priest leader for 15 years, was stake MIA president, Sunday School superintendent, teacher in Sunday School, MIA ward president twice, and stake missionary three times. The Charles and Elizabeth Turley Family
He was Arizona Highway Foreman for thirty years. During this time he developed arthritis in his hip. He had hip surgery in July, 1967, but it wasn’t very successful. After a tractor accident, Charles’ knee was shattered and he had to have knee surgery, But that wasn’t successful either. He has had knee surgery in June, 1975 and hip surgery in July, 1975. He is doing very well. “I know the Lord has blessed me through all my life, even though I have suffered a lot.”
Elizabeth Ann Hunt Turley has filled two stake missions with Her husband. She has been a counselor in the Relief Society, the Primary and the Sunday School organizations. She has served as president of YWMIA two different times, was PTA president, and a school board member nine years when getting their present schoolhouse. She has been a Relief Society visiting teacher for 54 years.
Charles and Ann celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary October 9, 1971. They have six children and 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. All of their children were married in the temple and sealed to their companions. They have three grandchildren married and they have been married in the temple. All of their children and grandchildren are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ann was born in Pine, Arizona on March 10, 1900, the last of eleven children born to Alma Moroni Hunt and Rosetta Schmutz. Her mother joined the church in Switzerland. They came to America when she was 16 years old. All of her family came except her oldest brother, Christian, who did not join the Church.
Children of Charles and Ann Turley:
Alma Turley Heaton, born Sept. 3, 1922 in Woodruff
Charles Merle Turley, born April 7, 1925 in Woodruff
Herman Hunt Turley, born Oct. 3, 1927 in Woodruff
Elaine Turley Rogers, born May 11, 1930 in Woodruff
Frank LaVerle Turley, born Dec. 15, 1934 in Woodruff
Verdell Turley Button, born March 9, 1937 in Woodruff