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Melvin “Toby” Elije Turnbull, son of Ruby (Collins) Turnbull, and the late John “Bud” Elvon Turnbull, was born January 19th, 1973, in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He went to be with his loved ones who have been waiting for him with our Lord on December 26th, 2023 at the age of 50 years.

Melvin, fondly known as Toby, was a logger by profession, a Christian by faith, a farmer by choice, and a big family man with an even bigger heart.  He left this world doing what he loved. His legacy lives on through his friends and family. To know him was to love him, and the grief we feel now is that love continuing on.

He is preceded in death by his father John Elvon Turnbull; his paternal grandparents Eslie and Bernice Turnbull; his maternal grandparents Bert and Dovie Collins; and his brother Ronnie Turnbull.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years Sheri Turnbull of the family home, along with their five sons: Alex Davault and his wife Kim and their daughters Aurora and Naomi (all of Vanzant); John Turnbull and his partner Ramon (of Little Rock); Samuel Turnbull and his wife Taylor and daughters Evelyn and Lyla (all of Dora); Clayton Turnbull and his wife Courtney and son Brantley (of Dora); and Ronnie Turnbull of Dora. His mother Ruby Turnbull survives him along with his brothers and their wives: Bruce and Amanda; Dennis; and Jim and Sarah. He has 3 uncles: Terry Collins of Siloam Springs, Ralph Turnbull of West Plains, and Wayne Turnbull of Arkansas. He leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews including Sarah Causey and her husband Robbie and their kids Ryan and Shelby; Sheri Thompson and her kids Jalee, Brice, Ruby, Teri, and Edward; Brandon Turnbull and his wife Samantha and their kids Korina, Allison, and Braxton; Mckayla Kendrick, Nicole Turnbull, Jacob Turnbull, and Julie and Joe Olsen. He is also survived by his good friend Bud Scherer.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Douglas County, Missouri, officiated by Pastor Bud Scherer, and under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Robert Stirewalt
    December 28, 2023 @ 12:25 pm

    Sheri, I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember you and Toby coming into Ozark Machiery. Always with friendly smiles. A good man has gone to be with our Lord.
    Peace be with your family.
    Robert Stirewalt


  2. Mike & Tammy Collins
    December 28, 2023 @ 2:05 pm

    So sorry for your great loss, sincere condolences to all the family ????


  3. Mike & Tammy Collins
    December 28, 2023 @ 2:07 pm

    ????So sorry for your great loss, sincere condolences to all the family ????


  4. Teresa Bell
    December 28, 2023 @ 2:46 pm

    I’m so sorry to here of this prayer for piece and Comfort to all the family prayer and big hugs to the family


    • Teresa Bell
      December 28, 2023 @ 2:50 pm

      I’m so sorry to here of this prayers
      piece and Comfort to the family big hugs and prayers for you all


  5. David Hale
    December 28, 2023 @ 5:04 pm

    Sorry for your loss. He was a good man. May God bless you all. From David And Jennifer Hale.


  6. Karen Collins
    December 28, 2023 @ 7:35 pm

    Ruby and family, I am deeply sorry to hear of Toby’s passing. I pray God gives you comfort through this desperation time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  7. Lora Collins
    December 29, 2023 @ 2:33 am

    Toby was a very good and nice person and everyone loved him dearly and deeply he will be missed by so many.
    My ex brother in law and my word’s for him are fly with the Eagles up to Heaven with his dad and the rest of his family that have gone before him……… .


  8. debbie stiner
    December 29, 2023 @ 3:26 am

    He was a good man prayers for all the family.


  9. Noel and Penny Tooley
    December 29, 2023 @ 10:42 am

    So sorry to hear this. Love and prayers to all the family.


  10. Lora Collins
    December 29, 2023 @ 2:55 pm

    Sending my Condolences to Ruby, Bruce, Dennis, Jim and all their families as well as to Sarah Turnbull Causey and her husband Robbie Casey, Ryan and Shelby Causey
    Sheri Thompson and her children Edward, Teri, Ruby, Brice and Jalee, also to Toby’s wife and children and the rest of the Turnbull families……….


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