Kenneth W. Turney, 42, Episcopal layman


Kenneth Wayne Turney, a tax attorney who was active in Epis- copal church affairs, died Sunday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at his Homeland residence. He was 42.

Since 1978, he had been employed by Commercial Credit Corp., where he was senior tax attorney. Earlier, he had worked in Hawaii.

He was a member of Memorial Episcopal Church, Lafayette Avenue at Bolton Street in Baltimore, where he was a lay reader, chalice bearer and member of the vestry. He also had served as junior and senior warden at the church, the highest position a lay person can hold in the Episcopal Church.

He was chairman of the Diocesan Finance Committee, co-chairman of the parish restoration and renaissance committee, and a member of the Bishop's Committee on Human Sexuality.

"He was a very courageous person," said the Rt. Rev. David Leighton, the retired Episcopal bishop of Maryland who will preside at a memorial service for Mr. Turney at 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Church.

"He was very popular at Memorial Church, where he was the most active layman we had. He helped organize a local chapter of Integrity, an organization for gays and lesbians. He helped the diocese understand what it was like to be different," the bishop said.

"He took his illness very bravely and never got those around him discouraged. Despite being blind at the end of his life and only able to recognize darkness and light, he never lost hope and wanted to live. His death is a great loss for us all," he said.

A native of Huntsville, Ala., Mr. Turney was educated in schools there and earned a bachelor's degree in 1973 from Samford University. He earned law degrees in 1976 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and in 1986 from Georgetown University.

Interested in genealogy, he traced his ancestry to England's Domesday Book of 1086. He also enjoyed collecting antiques.

Private burial services will be held today in Huntsville.

He is survived by his father, W. O. Turney Sr. of Winchester, Tenn.; a brother, W. O. Turney Jr. of Houston; a sister, Cathy Turney Page of Huntsville; a nephew and a niece.

Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Episcopal Church, or to AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, 5000 York Road, Baltimore 21212.

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