Dr. Frederick D. Turk

The Bartow Tribune-The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
September 20, 1917
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Dr. Frederick D. Turk, of Stilesboro, one of Bartow county's courtly and highly esteemed gentlemen and scholars and a physician of ability and professional skill, died at his home, September 5th, aged 48 years.

Dr. Turk had been in poor health for several years.   His case was one which baffled his own skill, as well as the many authorities to whom he went for advice and the best of efficient service rendered by hyospitals and nurses.   His spirit was indomitable, and while family and friends had given up all hope of his recovery for months and years and he was greatly withered and emaciated, he retained his patience and courage to the last, and until the shades of night were falling, on the evening of September 5th his spirit passed into the great beyond.

Dr. Turk was born in Canton, July 2, 1869.   He graduated from Dahlonega Military school and later from the Atlanta Medical college. In 1891 he was united in marriage to Miss Maude Webb of Dahlonega.   They only had one child, a son, Johnnie Bob Turk, who died some years ago as a lad, and which loss was a great grief to parents and friends.

While a young man Dr. Turk located at Stilesboro and proceeded to practice medicine and became a leading physician of this county and section of Georgia and a highly esteemed citizen in the community in which he dwelt and influential in the civic affairs of his county.

As a man, Dr. Turk was a delightful and interesting companion, a true and loyal friend.   He had a big heart and a readiness to respond to every call of distress, whether professional or personal.   There was never a night too dark or stormy or the way too far to go but that, when called, he was ready to administer to those he served.   The community in which he lived suffers a distinct and personal loss, and the county one of its most useful citizens and friends, and acquaintances a public spirited, genial and lovable companion.

In early life Dr. Turk united with the Methodist church and his faith and fidelity as a christian was manifested throughout his life and particularly in his last days, and his love for the good and pure increased as the days passed by.

Dr. Turk is survived by his widow; his father, Dr. J.M. Turk, of Canton, Ga.; and by one sister, Mrs. Dr. Tanner Lowry, of Euharlee; and by two brothers, Dr. Tom Turk, of Reynolds, and Dr. John Turk, of Nelson.

The funeral services were held at the Stilesboro Methodist church at four o'clock Thursday afternoon, September 6th, conducted by Rev. S.B. Ledbetter, presiding elder of the Dalton District M. E. Church South, and by Rev. Albert Truelock.   The pallbearers were: N.B. Cannon, S.S. Atwood, R.H. Cannon, J.M. Conyers, T.M. Morris and E.G. Beazley, chosen from the Masonic order to which Dr. Turk was attached; and also an honorary escort from the Knights of Pythias, made up of boyhood companions, and to both of which orders Dr. Turk was a devoted member.

The interment was at the Stilesboro cemetery.


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