Wesley Lee Turnbow

wesley turnbow

November 8, 1932 ~ March 1, 2023

Born in: Mt. Pleasant, TX
Resided in: Bryan, TX

Wesley Lee Turnbow, a resident of Bryan, Texas, died at age 90 March 1, 2023 at home with his wife, Sonia, and son, John at his bedside.  

Wes was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas on November 8, 1932 to his parents Wesley Thomas Turnbow and Willie Mae Musgrove Turnbow.  He lived in many cities in Texas during his childhood and graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas in 1951.  In his year book  he said he wanted to be an electrical engineer and his philosophy was to mind his own business.  

Wes, joined the Air Force in 1952 for 4 years and served as a radar operator in French Morroco during the Korean War.  In civilian life Wes served 40 years of Professionalism and Excellence in Air Traffic Control Service.  His call sign was “One Whiskey Tango”.   His initials being WT, he like to introduce himself as West Texas from East Texas since he was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas.  He was proud of being a Texan,  

Wes loved to dance and accompanied childhood girl friends to dance lessons at the age of 12.  Dancing became his hobby.  Women frequently asked his wife if he could dance with them.

Wes is a member of the First Baptist Church in Navasota where he lived for twelve years.  Wes was a member of the American Legion Post 159 in Bryan, Texas.

Wesley Lee Turnbow is preceded in death by his father, Wesley Thomas Turnbow and mother, Willie Mae Musgrove Turnbow, his two brothers, James Markley Turnbow and John William Turnbow.  

He is survived by his wife, Sonia Turnbow; son, John Michael Turnbow and wife Hortensia of Houston, Texas; daughter, Laura Lee Turnbow Mendez and husband, Gabe, of Marietta, Ga.; step-children, Larry Wayne Medearis and wife, Teresa, of College Station; Leah Marie Medearis Frerichs and husband, Steve, of Lorena, Texas; and Nanci Rene’ Medearis Hall and husband Bob of Lorena, Texas.  He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Wes:  11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan.  Interment will be at 1:00 PM at City of College Station Cemetery.

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Funeral Service: March 7, 2023 11:00 am

Room: Bluebonnet Chapel

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Interment: March 7, 2023 1:00 pm

College Station City Cemetery
2530 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840


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  1. Dear Sonia. I will be there for you. Wes was fun and a wonderful brother to John. Listening to them visit was a
    Love you lady.

  2. Sonia—I know you’ll miss Wes, but he’s Home now with Jesus after so many close calls. I’ll bet he’s dancing with the angels! Know we love you—Bill & Thena

  3. We are so sorry Sonia for your loss. You are in our prayers. May he Rest in Peace. We love you. Gary and Myra

  4. Sonia. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. Wes will be missed but not forgotten. He was one of my favorite cousins. I still remember his visits to our family in PA when he was stationed in the Air Force in NY. Love to all. Al and Cindy and family.

  5. Sonia and family; Remembering Wes with his smiles and happy encounters with him riding around the block with Buddy! He was a great neighbor and shared with Ken many story’s of his life God bless you with precious memories of your time together! We love you!

  6. I learned how to ice skate when visiting Uncle Wes in New Jersey (a long time ago). I always thought it was cool to have an Uncle that was an Air Traffic Controller.

  7. Turnbow family:
    So very sorry for your loss!

    2Cor. 1:2-4 says it best………………
    “2 May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.”

  8. Wes was such a sweet and kind man. Always doted on Sonia and could tell they were so in love. May he rest in peace. Prayers for comfort for all those who grieve for the loss of this wonderful man.

  9. Great neighbor and one of the most interest men you’d ever meet. The world will miss you Wev

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