Professional Profile: Colonial Funeral Home’s Jimmy Turnage


(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Colonial Funeral Home’s Jimmy Turnage.)

Q: When and where were you born?

A: I was born in Jackson, Miss. on Feb. 21, 1965.

Q: Where did you attend school?

A: I attended and graduated from West Marion.

Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.

A: I work at Colonial Funeral Home. I do several things, I go to the homes to pick the loved ones up, coordinate the initial appointment, prepare the family member and assist with the funeral. In 2017, I received Service Excellence Award for my work with the families. Next Jan. 15, I will be celebrating 30 years here.

Q: What led you to your profession?

A: My father worked here.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: Helping people. It is what I love the most about this job is being able to reach and help families in their time of loss.

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

A: When the lost family member is a child. Many of those times I have gone home and cried.

Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?

A: It is very important to think before you speak.

Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Truck driver. I wanted to go see the world.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I worked at Circle C Catfish in Goss.

Q: Who are the people who have been most influential in your life?

A: My family. They are most important.

Q: What is your spouse’s name?

A: Marilyn. We have been married for 36 years.

Q: Do you have children?

A: I have three children and nine grandchildren.

Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?

A: Steak.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Hawaii.

Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?

A: My wife got me into going to flea markets. On my weekends off that is what we usually do.

Q: What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?

A: I love it being small town. I have been living here since I was 4, and I still love it here.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?

A: Family is very important to me so I would have to say my parents.

Q: If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do all day?

A: Still work at the funeral home. Being able to help people is what I love to do.

Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on who you are today?

A: When I got married, my children were born and my grandchildren were born.

Q: What is one thing you want to do that you’ve never tried?

A: I don’t have a “bucket list” but I would say parachute.

Q: What are your top three morals?

A: Honesty, integrity and being loving.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?

A: A faithful Christian man who loved people.

— Susan Amundson


Pictured Above: Colonial Funeral Home’s Jimmy Turnage is ready to reach out and help. Turnage loves being able to be there for families in their time of need. | Photo by Susan Amundson