A native of Harlan County, Turpin was a son of the late Ed and Stella Dew Turpin. He was a design manager for Gray Construction. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. He was also a member of Broadway Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a spiritual mentor to all.
Turpin was a member of Yocums Creek Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Fletcher Turpin; three sisters: Marie Evans, Lexington; Judy Cloud, Humbolt, Tenn.; and Maxine Hatmaker, Lexington; sister-in-law, Eva Smock; brothers-in-law, Fred Ray Pennington and Loyd Fletcher; special nieces and a nephew: Barbara Griffith, Laura Pennington and Fred Andrew Pennington; special great-nephews: Logan Ray Griffith, Stephen Korbin Hatmaker and Ethan Christopher Hatmaker; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 15, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway Baptist Church with private interment in Resthaven Cemetery.
Harlan County friends were able to call from 5 to 9 p.m. at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Broadway Baptist Church.
Milward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.