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To set a lofty example is the richest bequest a man can leave behind him. We all have individuals who have influenced our lives by setting such an example. They have influenced us by providing guidance, financial support, direction, motivation, or inspiration somewhere and at sometime when we needed it the most.
Today, the Royce Turner family is our Sponsor of the Week. But, Royce has asked that rather than telling you about them—that I write an article about the individuals who have influenced them the most in their lives. What a unique concept! So, here we go!


The first and most important influence in Royce’s life were his parents, Doyle and Alma. When the kids were small, his parents were extremely poor. His family had three small grocery stores that his dad’s brother ran and Doyle worked the larger store in Lubbock. So Doyle began hiring out to open stores for the owners in the larger towns and get them started. He had soon opened two stores in Lubbock and two in Austin. While he did this, Royce’s mother stayed home and raised the children as well as raising chickens. To help financially, she would kill a set number of chickens each week and market them to the Lubbock hospital to feed the patients. So, she was an entrepreneur in her own right. Their finances were just starting to improve when Doyle was injured on one of his “store jobs” and could not work.
One of the doctors, to whom Alma sold the chickens, heard what happened and moved the whole Turner family into one of his farm houses. As he improved, Doyle got involved with some of the farm work. According to Royce, his dad loved working the earth, the outdoors, and farming. He became good at it and soon the years of struggle paid off financially. Doyle and Alma wanted better for their children and they taught each of them these four basic concepts: (1) Work hard. (2) Be honest and never lie to anyone. (3) Be faithful to family and friends and (4) Never cause trouble to others.
Royce always saw his mother and daddy as the greatest influence in his life. Then, along came Sandy. They met in the 5th grade and attended school together until they graduated. They were immediately drawn to each other and as they shared the classrooms each day in school, their relationship strengthened. They became high school sweethearts and were married shortly after they graduated from high school. After marriage, they moved to Lubbock and went to Texas Tech together. Royce told me, “Sandy was it!” She became his life and his reason to become more than he was. To date, they remain husband and wife, sharing the love and care they have always had for each other.
Others have had great influence on Royce and Sandy. And a great story could be written about each of them. Our space only allows us to tell you who they are and a short statement about each one.
Wayne Mantooth—a coach he’ll always be thankful to for taking a slow and little athlete like himself and teaching him how to handle stress and how to know how much his body and mind could handle.
Bill Taylor—another coach who taught Royce so much about determination and leadership. The year that Royce graduated, 7 boys got scholarships for football. Royce was one of them. Like his dad, Coach Taylor stressed toughness, determination, commitment, and desire to be the best.
Wayne Jones—Executive Director for the Texas Tech Alumni Association. He was a best friend to Royce and Sandy, and stays in contact even today.
Cecil Ayers—An Agronomy professor at Tech who taught him not only about Agronomy and how to grade grain, but also taught him that hard work and long hours made champions. Royce’s team won National and International Titles!
Norman Hinchcliff—A fertilizer salesman that taught him how to run a successful business. His brilliance in cost-effectiveness was something Royce learned and never forgot.
M.D. and Dean Gunstream—A banker and his wife who treated Royce and Sandy more like parents than bankers. They became great friends. On a handshake, they received loans from the bank. This went on for years.
Charles Bucks—A brother-in-law from Abernathy who became Vice President of Continental Airlines. He was one of Royce’s best friends and they learned from each other.
Billy Wayne Clayton—A friend who introduced Royce to people he needed to know. As Speaker of the House, Billy Wayne knew everyone. He helped get Royce and Sandy into politics. Royce believed the more people you meet, the more you learn about life.
Bill Wimberly, Robert Parker, David Lawrence, Allan Caddell, and Wayne Critendon—all business men who Royce enjoyed dealing with. Their handshake was their word and an honored contract.
Dr. Pummel, Dr. Bruce Purdy, Dr. Jobey Claborn, Linda Bullock, and Pitts Davis—all doctors who have helped Sandy and Royce.
Clayton Myers, Paul Wilbanks, Paul Payne, Mike Miller, Corky Green, and Jim Crawford—all have been “real” friends for 20 to 25 years. They were there when needed.
Stacey Connor—The pastor who made a difference in their lives. For the past 20 years, he has been a special help to Sandy. He may not have even known how much!
The entire Leal’s family—Best of friends and Jessie was his “second bank”!
Wayne Pierson and Steven Dement—Both were of great help to them in their retirement plans. They are good friends and are continuing to help Royce and Sandy.
Rhonda King—A good friend and sounding board. Her care for Sandy in emergencies has been so appreciated. She makes two calls a day, every day, to make sure Sandy is not left alone in case something should happen to Royce.
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I hope you have enjoyed reading this article as much as I have enjoyed writing it. My hope is that in reading it, you have come to understand the kind of relationship you have with your fellow man, with yourself, and with your God. These relationships are of great importance. Go boldly! Go with confidence! Be sure to like the person you are but never forget those who made you that person.
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A Note from Royce:
As most of you know, Carolyn writes these articles in our brochures. I had included her in my list of people of influence to me. She wouldn’t put it in the article because she doesn’t want to brag on herself. So, I have asked Kaci to add it at the end.
“Carolyn Johnson and I became acquainted when she was a friend to my sister, Sherri. Our families would go to dinner sometimes and Sandy and I enjoyed Buck and Carolyn’s company. But working closely with her at our center, I have found she is a great leader and great friend. I often tell her she is the smartest woman I have ever known. She weighs every situation before making a decision. She and I work beautifully together on our plans for our center. We both work diligently toward the goals we have set to make it self-sustaining. We are fortunate to have her at our Center.”
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Love (noun)
Commitment to the well-being of others without conditions
[1 John 4:7-12]
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