Roy Turner coached the Cherokee County, S.C. Boxing Team from 1953 to 1964 and was instrumental in the development of countless young men in the Gaffney area. Four of his boxers won Carolinas Open titles and represented the region in national championships.
Turner was named South Carolina Amateur Boxing Coach of the Year in 1957. He was also chosen to coach the Carolinas Golden Gloves Boxing Team during the National Tournament of Champions in Chicago.
Turner spent 41 years as a member of the U.S. Army, including 37 with the South Carolina Army National Guard. He received many awards over the years, including the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame and has a barracks named in his honor at Fort Jackson.
A lifetime Shriner, Turner was also a member of Bethany Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was married to the late Geraldine Osment Turner and had two children. Turner passed away on September 20, 1997.