May 6, 1920
N. E. Turpin, the son of H. J. and Malinda Turpin, was born in Springville, Indiana, Feb. 1, 1893. He remained with his parents on a farm near Springville until he was 20 years of age. It was there he professed faith in Christ in a series of meetings held by Rev. John S. Keens, Sept. 15, 1911, was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Missionary Baptist Church of Avoca, Ind., Sept. 16, 1911. Later he moved his letter to the Missionary Baptist Church at Springville, Ind. Some time later put his letter with Gulletts Creek Baptist Church, here he was licensed to preach, preaching then on many occasions, living faithful to the cause of Christ and his church.
When on Oct. 30, 1913, he left his parents and came to Broughton, Ill. To work for his brother, John in the store, bringing later his church letter and placed it with the Baptist Church of Broughton. It was here he found his beloved helpmate, Nell Lemay, in the year 1914. Aug. 9., on Jan.3, 1917 was born to our home little Mary Ann.
It was here he was ordained to preach the Gospel of Christ. The saddest occasion yet, he lost his dear wife on March 9, 1919, the flu being the cause of her death. His life was no more the same, may we meet some sweet day never to part again. Lord grant it.
After the death of his wife, he took Mary Ann and went back to Indiana on June 27, 1919 to make their home with his parents. His health had been failing for some time, he bore his suffering until Jesus called him home on Sunday May 9 at 8 P. M.
His passing is a great loss to the home and community, he now rests from his labor and his work follows him.
He leaves to mourn his loss his daughter Mary Ann, father and mother, six brothers, two sisters and many relatives and friends.
His companion preceded him in death 1 year and 2 month. His age was 27 years, 3 months and 8 days.
(From Grandma Deems Obituaries, Hamilton County, Illinois 1917-1925)
From Kay Turpin Johns. Franklin Co. IL.