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 Grant Turner

Grant Turner

Baird, Callahan County, Texas, USA
Death 19 Oct 1991 (aged 79)
Brentwood, Williamson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 10984 · View Source
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Jesse Granderson Turner, was the dean of announcers of the World Famous Grand Ole Opry from Nashville, Tennessee. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1981.

But before his fame and joy of the Grand Ole Opry, Grant was a young boy from Texas, growing up in the city of Abilene, but traveling by train to stay with his grandparents in Baird, TX. It was here he enjoyed being with his cousins and enjoying the time he spent listening to his grandfther's crystal radio set. He fell in love with the Grand Ole Opry and other music shows. He learned to play the ukelele and could play the piano by ear.

His father was John Wesley Turner, JR, being the son of a physician, who had moved west around 1878, from Wilson Co. TN, by the same name also. His mother, Mamie Allison Hart was the only daughter of Fred and Mary Lucinda Hart of Baird TX. Mamie had 3 children, but only 2 lived to see their older years.

Grant first came to Knoxville TN, after working as a journalist in TX, which was his major in college. Not long he was invited to interview for a job at WSM, the Athens of the South, with clear channel and good reception to most of America and even other countries.

Grant was hired to work the Opry on D-Day, 1944. When he passed away, he had just finished working the Friday night
Opry, on October 18th. Just 8 hrs. later, his spirit was taken to meet his maker, to whom he belonged.

We loved him a short time, and he loved us all dearly. Friends have called him: dear man, kind, polite, peaceful,
and so friendly. I called him Papa and still miss him so much. I love you Papa.......NB

Bio by: Nan

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Grant Turner (17 May 1912–19 Oct 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10984, citing Williamson Memorial Gardens, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .