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J. B. “Jim Bob” Turn

Jim Bob Turn Fixed

James Robert “Jim Bob” Turn, age 82 of Ardmore, OK, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Jim Bob was born on August 29, 1937 in San Angelo, TX to parents, James Robert Alonzo Turn and Katheryn Sally Turn. After attending Mertzon High School, he played football at San Angelo State University, then decided to forego the draft from the Dallas Texans to join the Marines. Entering the Marine Corp in 1956, he was part of the N Company 3rd BN, second infantry at Camp Pendleton, CA. After returning home from the Korean Conflict, Jim Bob’s family moved to Corsicana, TX where he began his career in the chemical industry with Wachtel Industries. Jim Bob became the plant manager for Jetco Chemical from 1960-1982, going on to become president of Sooner Chemical Company in Seminole, OK. After leaving Oklahoma in 1982, Jim Bob, his wife, Betty Lou Turn and business partner, Jim Pipkin, started PChem in New Braunfels, TX. They saved enough money to buy CME in Latexo, TX, and changed the name to PChem where Jim Bob was president from 1985 until 2012. Upon his retirement, he moved to Taos, NM with wife, Gini Turn, of 15 years. They both loved to travel abroad visiting family and the many friends they gained together throughout their lives. J. B. settled down in Ardmore, OK, where he enjoyed golf. In 1976, he won the Las Vegas Amateur Open also played in many golf tournaments at the Corsicana Country Club and Spring Creek Country Club in Crockett, TX.    J. B. was a charter member of the “Misfit” Golf Group, apprised of many of his past and present chemical industry friends. He also served on the Houston County Appraisal Board for many years. His other passions included dove hunting, the PChem Christmas parties, playing cards, dominoes, keeping up with Texas A&M and the Rams, was an avid western movie watcher and loved gardening.

Jim Bob is survived by wife, Gini Turn of Ardmore, OK; children, Catherine Golden and husband, Dale of Kemp, TX, Craig Turn and wife, Cheryl of Crockett, TX; step-children, Robert Cousins and wife, Tammy of Austonio, TX, Tosh Murchison of Dallas, TX, Smith Murchison of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Peyton Turn of Bryan College Station, TX, Emmy Golden of Kemp, TX, Max Cousins of Houston, TX, James Robert Cousins of Austonio, TX, Chaiya Murchison of Edinburgh, Scotland, Thane Murchison of Edinburgh, Scotland; great grandchildren, Evelyn Howell of Kemp, TX, Elizabeth Golden of Kemp, TX, many nieces, nephews, cousins and an abundance of friends. Jim Bob was preceded in death by father, James Robert Alonzo Turn; mother, Katheryn Sally Turn; brother, Henry Lon Turn; brother-in-law, Berry Sessions and his beloved dog of 16 years “Potlicker”.

Memorial services for James Robert “Jim Bob” Turn will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Larry Bruce Gardens with Bro. Larry Bruce and Bro. Gary Luker officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Ardmore Veterans Center, Alzheimer’s Unit Patient Benefit Fund, 1015 South Commerce St, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you Gini. Love- debbie

  2. This earthly world lost a great man. Jim Bob meant a lot to so many people. He made everyone that worked for or with P Chem feel special and part of a family. All of his P Chem family thought the world of him and we are so blessed to have had him in our lives. He was a man of such integrity. He lived a humble life that always showed such appreciation for anything you did for him. He made you want to do more for him. Jim Bob was a man of his word and that word and his reputation built a company that was respected by all in this industry. RIP Jim Bob, you will be missed.
    Prayers for all of the family as you mourn the loss of such a good husband, Dad, Step Dad, Pops and friend.

  3. I’ve known Mr. Turn and his family for such a short time, but I feel such love and admiration for a man who dedicated his life to service to those around him. The stories about his years at P Chem and how much that time in his life meant to him and how he viewed each of his employees as family, was just utterly inspiring to me. I’m truly blessed to have known him. Praying constantly for Gini, and for his kids as you guys navigate this difficult time.

  4. Mrs Gini Turn, sending lots of love, hugs & my sincerest condolences. Love always, Jenni

  5. Gini,

    This was such a beautiful tribute to JB…so much I didn’t know about him. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! ~Much Love, Paula

  6. Dear Gini, I was so saddened to read this news. Holding you and your family in my heart and prayers. Be kind to yourself. Much love, Jan

  7. I am so sorry I missed Jim Bob’s service.
    To his family, please know how much JB meant to me and my family.
    We were a part of his P-Chem family; and I mean family. He treated his employees and their families as his own.
    My children benefited from his generosity and his giving nature. He would sit and talk for hours, sharing stories, wisdom, and advice.
    I pray that God brings peace and comfort to you, especially during this holiday season. And, I thank God, and the family, for sharing JB with us.

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