Services

Memorial Service

Mon. Jan. 21, 2019
1:00 pm

Houston's First Baptist Church

7401 Katy Freeway
Houston , TX 77024.
Mon. Jan. 21, 2019
1:00 pm
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway
Houston , TX 77024.
In Memory of
Oscar Turner III
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Oscar Turner III (aka “Bubba”), age 81, met his Jesus face-to-face on January 15, 2019, in Houston, Texas, surrounded by his wife and four daughters. Oscar was born on May 21, 1937, in Dallas, Texas, to Oscar Turner, Jr. and Elizabeth Williamson Turner. After following in his dad’s footsteps as president of the senior class and graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Oscar went on to graduate from Baylor University and attend Baylor Law School before receiving his law degree from South Texas School of Law in Houston. 

During his years at Baylor, Oscar studied Bible and business and played baseball and basketball, but it was his service as the youth minister at First Baptist Church, Fairfield, Texas, where his deep faith was put into action. Oscar’s early journey in ministry led him to speak at a South Main Baptist Church retreat where he first laid eyes on his beloved bride of almost 57 years, Anna Claire Chavanne. 

A banker. A lawyer. A restaurant owner. A real-estate investor. An artist. An ordained Baptist minister. Oscar was a true “Renaissance” man. However, his most important and rewarding role was a family man with a servant’s heart and gentle spirit. He was a larger-than-life husband, father and grandfather who always put everyone else’s needs above his own.  

Oscar and Claire joined Houston’s First Baptist Church in 1978, where they made life-long friends and a profound impact on numerous lives and hearts along the way. Oscar had a deep love of God’s Word and bringing the heart of Jesus to others. His Sunday morning Bible study class, “Catacombs,” grew from a regular-sized gathering of saints and seekers to a 350-member class, which was the foundational core for what became Evergreen Baptist Church in Katy. 

Oscar’s love and impact went beyond the church walls to anyone whose path he crossed. He made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. His smile, his strength and his constant encouragement touched hearts and lives every day. Oscar was the ultimate cheerleader. As a life-long servant-leader, he loved his Lord, his family, his pastor, his church, and his friends unconditionally. He was happiest when he was serving others.   

Oscar is survived by wife Claire, their four daughters and their spouses: Lisa and Darrell Taylor, Paige and Jason Swiggart, Lindy and John Minter, Marlo and Paul Wise, along with fourteen grandchildren: Morgan and Tripp Pruet, Lamar and Brooks Taylor, Graham Taylor, Colton Taylor, Chambers Swiggart, Harrison Swiggart, Preston Swiggart, Anna Claire Minter, Luke Minter, Molly Minter, Vivian and Elizabeth Wise. 

A memorial service celebrating the life of Oscar (“Bubba”) Turner III will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2019, at Houston’s First Baptist Church Loop Campus, 7401 Katy Freeway. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to: Houston’s First Baptist Cypress Campus Missions (HoustonsFirst.org), Houston Baptist University Prince-Chavanne Lecture (HBU.edu/giving), or Amazing Place (AmazingPlaceHouston.org).
 

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Houston's First Baptist Cypress Campus Missions
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Houston Baptist University Prince-Chavanne Lecture
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Amazing Place
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Sad to hear of Oscar's death. We knew Oscar and Claire at South Main Baptist Church. They both looked like movie stars; and, were dedicated members of South Main. Great person-great couple. !

As his cousin, Bubba was a memory I shall never forget. His love for family and church was always foremost. Prayers are with Claire and her beautiful family.

our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Oscar was a beacon for us when we first joined First Baptist Church Houston. He will be missed. We love the entire Turner family. We are saddened by his departure but know that he is resting with Jesus. Oh, what a day!

I first met Oscar in high school at Woodrow Wilson in Dallas. He was a fun-loving young man with a big heart and great smile.. We were classmates at Baylor and later friends at First Baptist..We love your family and the wonderful legacy you leave behind.

Lois and Mike Orr

Prayers are with the family.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Decie Richardson

Oh how we grieve with you that dear Oscar is no longer with us. What a stalwart caring man he was! The Lord was so very evident in his life. We are all better for having had Oscar as a friend....he loved so very well. What a sweet reunion awaits us.

What a beautiful becon of life. He was surrounded by Christ and loved everyone. On

Sheryl and Claire were long time friends years before I met Sheryl... she and Claire were in one another weddings... thus we met and found Oscar to be an extraordinary soul and a good friend...he is with His Savior now, whom he honored & shared with many.

I was so sorry to hear about Oscar. I am thinking of you all.

Oscar was a kind and sweet Soul!! Rest in Peace my friend!! !!

Keeping your family in our prayers.

My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).

Tributes

Message from
Katie Dusek Simonson
Thu, 01/17/2019

What a precious man!! When I was with Life Action Ministries, Oscar & Claire were supporters of mine. Then I helped with their banking when we met up again in New Ulm. This last year they toured my nursing home to consider moving him there. I would've loved to care for him. God knew what was best. My sweet Oscar has gone to be with his Lord & Savior. It is well with my soul! God is always good! He is finally at peace. He fought a good fight. He ran the race till the end. I count it a privilege and honor to have been like a daughter all these years. And I will never forget my recent dinner with Claire and him at their last home. I snapped a few shots of them dancing. He danced with me, too! Precious moments I will never forget!!
I will be there to honor his life with you on Monday. You are like family to me!! I will not stop praying for you. I cannot even begin to say how grateful I am to have been a small part of Oscar's life all these years. And how utterly PROUD I am of Claire for her love and grace for her husband through a very difficult disease. I hold her in high esteem! May I be like her for the remainder of my days to those God places in my path. I feel like my heart should be heavy, but it's not. I have an overwhelming sense of peace. God is good! Oscar is at rest! Praise the Lord!!!

Message from
Jack & Mary Purcell
Thu, 01/17/2019

Oh how we grieve with you that dear Oscar is no longer with us. What a stalwart caring man he was! The Lord was so very evident in his life. We are all better for having had Oscar as a friend....he loved so very well. What a sweet reunion awaits us. May HIS abundant love, comfort and grace fill your hearts till then.

Message from
Charlie Poor
Sun, 01/20/2019

It was my privilege to know Oscar for many years as a friend and co-laborer for Christ. I gladly echo the commendations set forth in his obituary; they are accurate. Indeed, Oscar was great on being others-centered while diminishing his own selfish desires. He owned one unmistakable attribute: His commitment and service to his Savior Jesus Christ. Unlike many zealous in their Christian faith, Oscar was always able to convey his unwavering allegiance to non-believers in a warm and inoffensive manner. While those of us who remain here will miss his counsel and influence for awhile, Oscar is now in heaven and will likely be a one man welcoming committee there to greet his family and friends (including me) who share his faith in God's Son as we eventually are also called to our new and eternal home. Thank you Lord for allowing me to be friends with Oscar Turner.

Message from
Charlie Poor
Sun, 01/20/2019

It was my privilege to know Oscar for many years as a friend and co-laborer for Christ. I gladly echo the commendations set forth in his obituary; they are accurate. Indeed, Oscar was great on being others-centered while diminishing his own selfish desires. He owned one unmistakable attribute: His commitment and service to his Savior Jesus Christ. Unlike many zealous in their Christian faith, Oscar was always able to convey his unwavering allegiance to non-believers in a warm and inoffensive manner. While those of us who remain here will miss his counsel and influence for awhile, Oscar is now in heaven and will likely be a one man welcoming committee there to greet his family and friends (including me) who share his faith in God's Son as we eventually are also called to our new and eternal home. Thank you Lord for allowing me to be friends with Oscar Turner.

Message from
Sandra and Phillip Johnson
Wed, 01/23/2019

Oscar and Phillip worked together at the OCC in the 1970"s and Oscar was a very good and always cheerful Christian friend. I (Phillip) am very sorry that I did not keep uo with him in later years, but I was sorry to learn of his death, and Sandra and I send our heartfelt sympathy to Claire and his family. Our sons, William and Stephen went to Second Baptist School with their beautiful daughter, Marlo, and Sandra sees Claire at DAR.