Peggy Allen Tripp Turman, age 84, died suddenly on Saturday, February 11, 2023. She was born August 22, 1939, in Milton, FL, where she was a life-long resident. Peggy spent most of her career as a bank teller and retired from SunTrust Bank in 1998 after 41 years. She attended First Baptist Church of Milton, where she accepted Jesus into her life as a child. She was an impeccable Christian woman and held her God close. More than 60 years of her life were dedicated to taking care of children in the church nursery and teaching Sunday School, which was one of her biggest passions. Peggy’s faith was immeasurable, and she never missed a chance to talk about God and the little miracles He provided her and her family through the years.
Peggy was a direct descendant of Jesse Carter Allen, the first territorial sheriff of Santa Rosa County, having been appointed in 1842. She was preceded in death by her father Lee Bowers Allen and mother Vivian Norris Allen, both descendants of pioneer Santa Rosa County families; infant brother Johnny Raine Allen and brother Millard Lee Allen; recent husband Lewis Turman; first husband Captain Alfred L. Tripp, USMC, KIA July 25, 1968; special niece Piper Mapoles Godwin; and her best friend – her Labrador retriever Bailey.
Survivors include her daughter Hope Turman Chalmers; stepsons Dana Turman (Melissa) and Greg Turman (Delores); special son-in-law and daughter-in-law, James and Kimberly Chalmers; granddaughters Kelly Turman Robbins (Sheldon), Katie Turman Grissom (Will), and Brooke Chalmers; grandsons Dylan Chalmers (Alexandra), Cameron Chalmers, and Kaine Turman; great-granddaughters Taylor Grissom and Madison Robbins; great-grandson Colton Grissom; nephews Keith Allen (Theresa), Randy Allen, and Greg Allen (Kerrie); great nephews Adam, Travis, Brandon, Drew and Mason Allen, and Evan Stenerson (Rayne); great nieces Sydney Allen and Kendall Allen; and many other special nieces, nephews, and their families. Peggy is also survived by her Tripp family: Ed Tripp (Sherill), Steve Tripp (Denise), Richard Tripp (Hazel), and a host of nephews and nieces of the Tripp family. She also leaves behind many other loving family members and friends, including her very special friend, Verna Hollingsworth, along with her grand-dogs and grand-horses who she loved very much.
Peggy was always giving of herself, her time, and even her home to not just family and friends, but to anyone who needed her help or a place to stay. One of those was her daughter's dearest friend, Surina Seal, who had a very special place in Peggy's heart. Peggy was well known for her cooking, and no one ever left her home hungry or without a container of food to take home. Especially the last few years, she pushed through her own physical ailments to help others, including the elderly. The acts of kindness that Peggy extended to others goes far beyond what anyone could account, but all those favors were returned to her on February 11, when God gave her a treasured feather for each good deed, over-filling her wings to fly among the heavens with her loved ones there. And surely, God said to her, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Peggy was just that, a faithful servant of God who shared all she had with those around her, and that is how she will always be remembered.
Affectionately known as “Nanny,” Peggy wore many hats, but the most dear to her was being a grandmother. She was so proud of each of her grandchildren and prayed for them by name every morning and every night. She considered them God’s special gift to her, and she treasured the time she got to spend with them. Peggy always made sure they had what they needed, and sometimes wanted, and always made room for their friends in her home, as well. It is hard to place a number on just how many lives she touched, including the lives of many animals. It is only fitting that her favorite song was “Always Be Humble and Kind,” because Peggy lived that every day of her life. Peggy will be missed by so many, but knowing she is in the precious hands of her Lord and her loved ones who reached Heaven before her gives us comfort until we see her again.
Funeral services will be Monday, February 20, 2023, beginning with visitation at 11am and service to follow at 1 pm at First Baptist Church of Milton, 6797 Caroline Street, Milton, FL. Active pallbearers will be Peggy’s nephews, great nephews, and great nieces. Honorary pallbearers will be all family and friends.
Peggy had a very special place in her heart for animals and rescued many over the years. She requested donations be made in her memory to the Santa Rosa County Animal Services, 4451 Pine Forest Road, Milton, FL 32583; or the ASPCA by calling (800) 628-0028. Donations may also be made in her honor to First Baptist Church, in care of Wednesday Night Supper, 6797 Caroline Street, Milton, FL 32570.