Turnley, William H.



Wm. H. Turnley was born in East Tennessee, in the year 1799. He moved to Alabama in 1825, and was at that time an exhorter in the Methodist E. Church. He was admitted on trial to the traveling connection, by the Mississippi Conference, December 14, 1826, and in connection with Benjamin Dulany, was appointed to Cedar Creek, in the Alabama District. He continued to travel until 1838, when he became local, and remained so until a few years ago, when he was re-admitted by the Louisiana Conference. For several years past he held a superannuated relation, preaching as much as possible, and attending to the duties of the ministry, when his health permitted. He died August 23, 1855, after a protracted illness, in the 56th year of his age. He was insensible for several days previous to his death, and was not permitted to leave his family and friends the consolations of a deathbed testimony. Perhaps our better assurance is in his life—a life of Christian and ministerial fidelity. He rests from his labors, and has entered into the joy of his Lord. Brother Turnley was a man of good ability, but without the advantages of early scholastic training. He had, however, stored his mind with useful knowledge and was a practical and efficient preacher. He was twice married and leaves a widow and children to mourn his loss.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1855

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