On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, our beloved mother and constant foundation of her children’s faith Finnice Imogene Walker Turnbow went into the glorious Light of our Heavenly Father and began Praising and Rejoicing as she beheld sight of the Lamb, the King of Kings and Lord or Lords, Jesus Christ who she focused her entire lifetime on, through her daily life, whether she was inside or outside the gaze of the public eye. This fine Christian lady and devoted mother, the title and position in which she was justifiably most proud of all, always taught her children from infancy and into adulthood, most definitely by example. The way in which she lived her entire lifetime, always remaining as righteous and true to herself and to her Lord, as any human could possibly do.
Finnice Turnbow was born the youngest of three daughters of Finnice and Othella Myrick Walker of Knox City. She loved her father Finnice dearly, and always remained very grateful for having been named after him. Often, she expressed how she sorely missed him but she rejoicing alongside of him now in her most happy reunion today, now hand-in-hand with their Savior!
As a young daughter in Christ, Finnice Imogene began expressing her Love for the Lord in a number of ways, by serving as early as 1959, leading the young children’s (5-7 year old’s) choir at First Baptist Church in Abilene. While a young wife and mother residing there at the time, followed by serving as a leader in The First Baptist Church in Knox City, Vacation Bible School in 1960, as well as taught the Girl’s Auxiliary there. She also taught in Vacation Bible School at First Baptist of Haskell in 1962.
All who ever had the pleasure of really knowing her, came away with sharing in common that definite sense of knowing they had met a true Christian lady who had a tremendous capacity to love. Not only did she live her life impeccably while always letting her moral convictions guide her in her treatment of others, her heart expressed by some, has quite often been so deeply cherished as being one of the most selfless and generous ever witnessed from another human being in its capacity to express sincerity and true care for others. Her heart and spirit were always noticeably visible and expressive in their love during some of her lifetime’s most difficult and trying times, regardless of how heavy the flow of adversities in life could drive like a tumultuous wind. Gene’s spirit and infinite capacity to Love and care for others, especially toward her children who she loved and adored almost as much as her Lord and Savior was never diminished. Her capacity to keep showing the Light of Christ who shined within her would always only express greater praise and love in her actions. Her children were always so humbled and warmed by this great gift that always saw living and shining so brightly from within her heart and soul. Even as she aged and weakened physically over time as our human bodies do, her children and all who came into her presence marveled at how she still kept that precious little sweet smile, and despite all, she continually kept her beautiful eyes focused on the Lamb, for she truly enjoyed singing and hearing the song “Worthy is the Lamb”. She always loved praising the Father and Son, always giving thanks to them and even especially enjoyed Witnessing for Him to others. No doubt she is praising Him now as she receives perhaps more than one crown reward for having seen directly in her life, more than one soul gained to Christ as a result of her influence. One of whom she had invited to her Trinity Baptist revival in her last years of being active and mobile, when she actually saw a soul won, who walked the aisle at end of a service. During that time, she won first place, two years in a row by having affirmation she had invited the greatest number of among those in attendance during those two years of revivals, to attend, and actually indeed did! People loved seeing the joy it gave to her to encourage others to seek her savior, doing so always kept her eternal light inside of her, burning even more brightly each day. What a true inspiration she was to so many, especially to her children.
A private funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Knox City under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
Finnice was preceded in death by her parents, both sisters, two nephews she adored Ross Baker and Finnice Seitz.
She is survived by her son Steven Turnbow of Wichita Falls and daughter Connie Turnbow Snyder of Abilene.
Memorials may be made in Finnice’s name to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Cancer Researrch Hospital of Memphis, TN.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.