Andy Cecil Turnbull • February 17, 2021
Born on November 12th, 1944, Andy Cecil Turnbull lived a life of love, laughter, selflessness and humility. He was reunited with his mom, Beatrice; his grandparents, Mama and Daddy Josey; his siblings, Clarence Daniels “Little Boy” and Louise Trawick, and many friends on February 17th, 2021.
Cecil learned the value of hard work and how to live within his means at an early age, two lessons that he would carry with him throughout his 76 years. His first job was as a newspaper delivery boy, delivering newspapers on his bicycle before and after school every day. He held numerous jobs throughout his teenage years until the age of 19 when he was hired by Somerset Roofing and began his job as a roofer. It would prove to be a job opportunity that would lead to building his life’s legacy. It was through that roofing company that Cecil met the love of his life, Peggy Somerset, the daughter of the owner. They were married on April 3rd, 1965 and Cecil purchased the company from his father-in-law 5 years later.
Cecil and Peggy would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in the coming weeks. They have two sons: Andy (Marian) of Pensacola, FL and David (Stacy) of Auburn, AL; one granddaughter, Cassie Turnbull, currently serving as a Petty Officer, First Class in the US Navy, Norfolk, VA. Cecil has one sister-in-law, Juanita Daniels; a special aunt, Glenda Reid and a host of nieces and nephews.
Cecil’s proudest accomplishments were coaching his boys and their teams to several championships in both baseball and football. He helped build a sports program from ground up by implementing the skills and lessons from his formative years, hard work and frugality. Countless hours were spent fundraising, clearing land, building a concession stand, equipment storage room, baseball fields and a football field. West Pensacola Ballpark was born. Cecil served on the board of directors until his youngest son started high school.
Coach Cecil is fondly remembered by his players as well as by players from opposing teams. Some quotes from those players are below:
“To a man that did things with me that a father should have. Bottom line: I love you Coach. Always have. Always will.”
“Coach Cecil had a magnetic type of personality, a way of drawing you in.”
“He knew how to get the best out of each player.”
“He made a difference in the lives of a lot of kids.”
“You don’t find coaches like Coach Turnbull, coaches that will sacrifice the way he did.”
“Coach Cecil invested so much into the lives of young athletes in Pensacola, FL. Many high school coaches benefited from what he invested (time, resources, discipline and compassion). He was a gentle giant that never left a kid behind.”
“He was always smiling. We never saw him mad, but… he would make us run poles while holding our bats above our heads for not giving 100% effort.”
Cecil donned a goatee or a mustache most of his life. His lineage is Eastern Creek Indian, and he had the high cheek bones and chiseled chin to match that lineage, which makes Peggy swoon and weak kneed just talking about it. He didn’t wear a full beard as not to cover his significant facial features that he knew Peggy could not resist. Yes, you can be certain that he was spirited in his younger years!
Cecil had his own personal dictionary of words, phrases and pronunciations that have been labelled by friends and family as “Turnbullisms”. We will save these for in person visits and gathering of friends, since they all require some explanation.
He exceled at repairing and rebuilding after hurricanes, shucking oysters, fishing the Tensaw River, and using way more kindling than necessary to start a fire. He was an avid follower of Florida State Seminoles, the stock market and Nascar.
He loved parties and get-togethers, fish fries, telling stories from past shenanigan’s, tarps and bungee cords. He also loved Little Debbie snack cakes but was diagnosed with diabetes some years back. Peggy would keep a drawer full of sugar free snacks and candy for him, but it must not have satisfied his sweet tooth, since we would routinely find Little Debbie’s hidden throughout his garage, workshop and the glove box of his truck.
There were few things in life that Cecil adamantly objected to but one thing for sure was Google maps. He didn’t trust it. Therefore, he insisted upon drawing his own map for any destination beyond an hour drive. One of his last vacations was an eight (8) hour car ride to Pigeon Forge, TN in which he hand drew the map and then verbally navigated from the back seat. He was old school that way and he and Google debated until our safe arrival at the front steps of our cabin in Tennessee.
We will fondly remember and miss your stories, your personality, your humor, your “Turnbullisms”, your mentoring and your smile, but probably not your maps!
The family will receive friends on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. The service will be held in the chapel at 2:00 and the graveside will immediately follow.
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