Funeral servies for Mrs. Helen
D. Turner, 81, one of Nashville's best-known women, and founder of the
Boys' Twentieth Century club, an organization which antedated the Boy
Scouts, who died yesterday morning at her home, 834 Meridian street,
will be held at the residence this afternoon at 2:30.
Dr. Roger T. Noe, pastor of
the Vine Street Christian church, and Dr. George Stoves, pastor of West
End Methotist church, will conduct the services. Burial will be
at Mount Olivet, cemetery.
Dr. Haner A. Webb, Claude
Horn, Stanley Horn, J.G. Sephenson, Willburn Crutcher, Henry M. Hayes
and Cecil Hayes, all members of the Boys' Twentieth Century club, which
she shounded at her home on Christmas Eve, 1899, will serve as
pallbearers, while the honary pallbearers will be emember of the
official board of Vine Street Christian church.
Every member of that group of
boys who composed the blub she sponsored has made a success in his
chosen field, and those still living, aside from the ones named
pallbearers, are: Dr. Gatewood and Dr. L.C. Gatewood, both of
Highland Park Ill.; Dr. Wesley Gatewood Iowa City, Ia.;
A.C. Webb Jr., Paris, France, Paul L. Stephenson, Seattle, Wash;
Harry Dawson, Port Huron, Mish.; Percy C. Clyd, Chicago, Ill;
Robert Williamson, Atlanta, Ga., Warfield Ross, Washing, D.C., also
Fred and Mort Gear. whose present address are unknown.
Mrs. TRurner was born
in Kentucky 81 years ago. Her father died when she was sixteen
years old, and she went to live with her uncle, James Hogan, during the
Civil War. She and other girls there worked hard, making uniforms
for the soldiers of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who were quartered in
a cave on the Hogan farm.
When Forrest and the
new recruits rode south ito join the Confederat forces, the federals
took possession of the farm, and immediately began to grill Mr. Hogan
as to the where abouts of the Forrest command. They strung him up
to a tree, choked him into unconsciousness twice, and the only answer
they ever got was "I do not know where General Forrest is., and if I
knew, I would not tell you."
In 1866, Mrs. Turner
married Ben Blewett Turner, nephew and namesake of Ben T. Blewett
founder of Bethel College, Russellville, Ky. One son Eugene
Frederick Turner, who survives her, was born to this union.
Mrs. Turner with her
husband joined the Missionary Baptist church at Muddy, one of the first
settlements in Kentucky. Moving to South Logan in 1876, they
found no Baptist congregation, and joined the Christian church,
orgainized by Ben Smith in the school house of Ash Spring Academy near
Olmstead. Her membership remained in Bethany church at her death.
In 1888, with her
husband and son, she became one of the pioneers in the Texas
panhandle. After five years residence there, she was called home
by the death of her mother. She and her son moved to Nashville
shorly after the death of her husband in 1894 and have lived here ever
In was Christmas Eve,
1899, prior to the organization of the Boy Scouts by Baden-Powell in
England, that Mrs. Turner organized the Boy's Twentieth Century club
every member of which afterward gained renoun in his chosen field of
Mrs. Turner's death
came after she had been confined in her bed for sever and a helf years
as a result of a broken hip sustained when she fell. Her
invalidism retrained herf from participating in Nashville affairs in
her later life. and she had a host of friends, all of whom are
cognizant of her cheerfulness and fortitude in bearing the injury.