|Samuel Darlington Turner Jr.
-- Matt Schudel The Washington Post
Samuel Darlington "Buck" Turner Jr., 81, a retired sheet-metal worker at the U.S. Capitol
who had also been an outstanding golfer and softball player, died Aug. 8, 2009 of lung
cancer at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. He lived in McLean.
Mr. Turner was born in Washington and was a graduate of the old Western High School
(1941). He served in the Navy during World War II.
He worked at Dixie Sheet Metal Works in Falls Church before joining the office of the
Architect of the Capitol, where he spent 20 years until his retirement in 1995.
For about 15 years, Mr. Turner was a catcher for fast-pitch softball teams in the
Washington area. He was an excellent golfer and was the club champion and senior
champion at Cedar Crest Country Club in Fairfax County. He was also a member of
Chantilly National Golf and Country Club and Goose Creek Golf Club in Leesburg. He
had five holes-in-one during his lifetime.
In retirement, Mr. Turner was a part-time starter and marshal at East Potomac Golf
Course in the District and Falls Road Golf Course in Potomac.
He was a member of the American Legion and volunteered with the Georgetown Big
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Pamela Bennett Turner of McLean; two sons, Jay
Turner of Capon Bridge, W.Va., and Jeff Turner of Vienna; a grandson; and a