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Kerry Turman

April 23, 2017 ~ April 23, 2017

Kerry Rene Turman turned in his earthly bass for a heavenly bass on April 23, 2017 unexpectedly to all but the Father who called him home.
Kerry left Detroit, Michigan at the age of 19 to pursue his passion in music and further develop his “chops” in Los Angeles, California. He traveled the world playing the bass for many artists, including, Roy Ayers, Evelyn “Champagne” King and others before landing with the world renowned group, The Temptations. Kerry played bass for The Temptations for the last 33 years and developed strong relationships with the band and lead singers.

Kerry loved all music and some of his all-time favorites included the Jackson 5, Larry Graham and Prince. His fellow musicians appreciated his passion for music and his strive for perfection, strongly believing that ‘less is more’.

Even though Kerry spent a great deal of time traveling for work, he fondly spoke about the time he took his son on the road with him. Kerry will be remembered by all who knew him for his kindness, his “steel trap” memory and the many strong friendships he developed over the years. The tenacity that allowed Kerry to achieve top ranking in his profession, did not prevent him from being an incredibly nice guy. To all who knew Kerry, they felt like they gained a brother, uncle, confidant and life-long friend.

Kerry leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 24 years, Shevelle and their son Erick; Brothers Michael and Delbert of Detroit and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Preceding Kerry in death are his father and mother, Delbert and Klara Turman of Detroit.

 Service Information

Memorial Service
May 18, 2017

11:00 AM
New Creation Church
3115 Altadena Ave
san diego, CA 92105

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