Carl Eugene Turientine, Sr., the son of William Hayward Turientine and Anna Belle Thompson Turientine, was born May 19, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He received his educational training from the Indianapolis Public School System.
Carl professed a hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized. He was a member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and had served as a member of the Brotherhood, Male Chorus, Building Committee and Sunday School. Although not an official member of the Usher Board, Carl always ushered on Men’s Day and was a faithful and dedicated member until his health failed.
Carl was the owner of Turientine Janitorial Service and over the years had employed everyone in his family who wanted to work. Previously he had worked for Marlbaugh Engineering, Jenn-Air, The Indianapolis Star as a delivery person and at Indiana University Hospital.
Carl was united in Holy Matrimony to Juliet Sloss Turientine and to their union, two sons were born.
On November 30, 1972, Carl was united in Holy Matrimony to the former Fredlo Wilbourn. Theirs was a true partnership. He not became her husband, but embraced the role of father, son-in-law and brother-in-law, as well as uncle and helped care for her family as if they were his very own. More like a son rather than a son-in-law and a brother, rather than a brother-in-law, Carl was much loved, well-respected and filled a void which made their family stronger. A loving disciplinarian, if the situation warranted it, his favorite words were, “My belt is hungry”.
Carl loved and cherished his wife and was supportive of all her endeavors. During the forty years she was employed, he took her to work everyday and was always there to pick her up no matter what time her shift ended. He was also a very romantic person who wined, dined and showered her with flowers and gifts.
A strong, proud man with good work ethics, Carl wanted the best quality of everything for him and his family and spared no expense on anything he bought. He especially loved his hats and didn’t feel like he was dressed until he was wearing one.
An avid sports fan, Carl was a jazz and golf enthusiast who loved to fish and go on family outings. He enjoyed gardening and was meticulous about his yard which he lovingly cultivated and manicured. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and attended whenever his schedule permitted.
Carl took pleasure in associating with older people and appreciated the wisdom and knowledge they imparted upon him and tried to share it with others. A mentor, role model, father figure, confidante and friend, he touched the lives of those too numerous to name and will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
Mr. Carl Eugene Turientine, Sr. departed this life on Friday, December 28, 2012, at the age of sixty five years seven months and nine days. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Adelle Turientine.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of forty years, Fredlo Turientine; three sons, Carl E. Turientine, Jr. (Kendra), Jerome D. Turientine and Darrell Pirtle (Nina) and one daughter, Denise Wilbourn; twenty-one grandchildren, four of whom were raised in his home, Monique Pirtle, Monica Pirtle, Frederick Kendrick (Aerika) and Tyrone Wilbourn; twenty-four great grandchildren; two brothers, William Haywood Turientine, Jr. (Donna) and Larry Turientine; one sister, Mary Darlene Ray; aunts and uncles, Chris Ellis, Estelle Woods, Martha Braggs (Jack), Margie Johnson, Barbara Mayberry (Carter), David Wilbourn, William Kinzer and William Gordon; sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Pirtle and Doris Winchester; brothers-in-law, Rev. David Hart (Dessie), Calvin Harris (Felecia) and Lawrence Harris; adopted brother Larry Krauser (Joyce), a host of nieces and nephews, his St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church family and many friends.