To whom it may concern, if anyone:
Leslie Homer Turbiville descended upon this already over crowded earth in 15 October 1930 in San Antonio, Texas. His one claim to fame at that time was that he was borne in a real hospital attended by a real doctor. A practice not too common in those days. He did his part in relieving the overcrowding on 10 January 2023.
He spent his youth in Austin, Texas where he graduated from Austin High School in June of 1947 more as a result of benevolent teachers than resulting of any burning desire for knowledge. On 18 June 1948 he joined the Navy as a seaman recruit. He retired on 1 August 1979 as a Commander. He served for more than thirty years honorably, if not heroically. He served in both the Korean and Vietnamese wars in the relative safety and comfort of Hospital Ships. There he learned who the real heroes are. He tended the grievously wounded and watched the bodies draped in the American Flag as they were lowered over the side into a waiting boat for their last journey home. He cannot in good conscience believe he deserves to be counted among them.
Leslie believes the greatest accomplishments of his life are his five children and his six grandchildren. He also thinks the wisest thing he ever did in all his life was to marry Mary Cornelia Davis. She was the most remarkable lady and "the wind beneath his wings" and still is.
Leslie believes flowers at a funeral are a waste. He will not be there to see or smell them. If you think flowers are necessary, visit the Hill Country in the spring and think of him. Please feel free to donate to St. Jude's, The Smile Train, The Wounded Warrior Project, or to The Shriner's Children's Hospital.
This brilliant prose came from Leslie Homer when he was as sound of mind as he ever was.
Graveside military service will be at the Honey Creek Cemetery.