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Melvin Ray “Bud” Turpin, age 93

In Loving Memory of Melvin Ray “Bud” Turpin

Melvin Ray “Bud” Turpin, age 93, passed away on January 21, 2024. He was born on June 7, 1930, to Guy and Zenobia Turpin in Hugo, Oklahoma, and was the last living child of their loving family. Bud is survived by his devoted wife, Obertia, and their children: son David Turpin (Susan) and daughter Becky Stroman (Mark).

Bud’s legacy lives on through his granddaughters Leanne Baribeau (Chris) and Amanda Smith, as well as his cherished grandchildren Ciel and Gray Baribeau. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Tommy, Floyd, Julian, Clarence, Guy J., William “Bill”, twins Billy and Betty Sue, and his twin sister Valerie.

Bud proudly served his country as a veteran of the US Navy, contributing to the efforts on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany during the Korean War. Following his military service, he dedicated 35 years to teaching in the Pulaski County School District, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives.

Music held a special place in Bud’s heart, and he found solace in playing and listening to tunes in Mt. View, where he had a second home. His passion for helping others was evident throughout his life, and he touched the hearts of many with his kindness.

A true Arkansas Razorbacks fan, Bud’s love for his team was unwavering. Whether cheering from the stands or watching the game at home, his enthusiasm for the Razorbacks was infectious.

In honoring Bud’s memory, a family memorial will be planned for a later date. His legacy of service, compassion, and love will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace with God and his family in heaven.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Brenda Strube Edwards Posted January 23, 2024 7:51 PM

    Mr. Turpin was one of my Jacksonville North Jr. High teachers. I remember him being a very quiet and kind teacher. My condolences to the family.

  • Lori Webb Freeze Posted January 24, 2024 7:19 PM

    Condolences from the Junior Webb family. He seemed like an uncle to us kids.

  • Cheryl Roberson Ellison Posted January 25, 2024 8:49 AM

    I have thought of Mr. Turpin often since I became a math teacher myself, and my first teaching job was in the very classroom where he taught me! I wish I would have crossed paths with him since then, but I’m so glad to read that he had such a deservedly beautiful, fulfilling life.

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