Bobby Gene Turpin

Bobby Gene Turpin passed at 3:03 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2024, in Newport News. Bobby was born in 1940 and spent his childhood and youth in the city’s North End. He attended Stonewall Jackson Elementary and his beloved Newport News High School. Some of his fondest memories were of Newport News High School and the sports teams he managed there. He spent three years serving his country in the US Air Force before returning to Newport News, where he immediately went to work in the Shipyard. He worked for over 40 years in the Nuclear Quality Inspection Dept. before retiring in 2002. In retirement, he was able to indulge in his passion for old-time stock car racing, the Wood Bros. racing team. His ’76 Purolator Mercury tribute car was well-known around local car shows and was a source of great pride and enjoyment for him.

Bobby was predeceased by his parents, Texas and Willie Turpin, and his brother, Willie Turpin.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Anne; two fine sons, Steven and Allen Turpin; and two wonderful granddaughters, Sloane, and Sutton Turpin, along with a host of other family and friends to cherish his memory.

A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.



  1. Joe Drewry

    Our 1958 NNHS classmate Bobby Turpin was everyone’s favorite Typhoon. He never missed an opportunity to serve and be a friend. His dedication as the team manager of our Championship basketball team is legendary. Lefty tried to get Bobby to take the team management job at Davidson when he was hired to coach there. RIP Bobby.

    Joe Drewry

  2. Murray T Rowe

    Bobby his brother and I grew up together on 43rd street. We enjoyed a wonderful childhood together. Bobby and I talked about the old days over lunch a number of times. We also enjoyed talking about our days and friends in NNHS.
    I will truly miss Bobby and our reminiscing time together. It was not enough. I shed a tear Bobby. God bless.

  3. Bob Mears

    Bobby was a fine man, dedicated to his family, Faith, friends and Newport News High School Typhoon sports. He will be greatly missed.Condolences to Anne and family.

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