In Memoriam: Kerry Turner

Kerry Turner of HPG Brands / BEST Promotions USA passed away on January 16 from COVID-19 complications.

An 46-year industry veteran, Turner was known for his cheerful personality, kindness, integrity and great passion for the promotional business. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Turner founded supplier Kerry’s Etcetera in 1974, specializing in mug and glassware fine decorating. He started the company with assistance from his parents and originally operated it out of their garage. Turner sold Kerry’s Etcetera to Kaufman, Texas-based supplier Numo Manufacturing in 2003. He spent 12 years on Numo’s staff before joining BEST Promotions USA in Balch Springs, Texas.

With a reputation as “the most interesting man in promo,” Turner had many interests, including his own rock band, the Young Texans, during his high school and college years. He was also a member of the Southern Drag Boat Association, where he held a world record for more than a year. He then became professional-level national competitor and instructor in West Coast Swing, where he met his wife Alisha. He also enjoyed motorcycles and was a road captain for Dallas Harley-Davidson, and enjoyed cooking chili, winning several events at the highest level in the CASI Terlingua Championships.

“Kerry was the definition of the word ‘gentleman,’” says BEST USA Founder Michael Hicks. “His consummate professionalism, kindness, caring, integrity and many contributions to HPG’s BEST USA brand will never be forgotten. We can all learn to be better people by the example of how Kerry treated others each and every day.”

Turner is survived by his wife Alisha and their daughter six-year-old daughter Addilyn. No public service is currently planned due to COVID-19 risks, although information will be forthcoming regarding a future virtual service. To honor Turner’s memory and to help Addilyn’s future, contributions can be made here.

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Julia Macdonald-Ward
January 22, 2021
I was lucky to know and ADORE Kerry Turner for 15yrs in our industry. Kerry was a LEGEND, always positive and with a great idea to implement. His knowledge of our industry and the companies he worked for was always top notch. He was kind and funny and the kind of person we all wanted to have on our team. Words seem so hollow here compared to the light he brought to our world and industry. It was a honor to know and love him. God Bless Kerry Turner and his family. If we all feel this broken about the loss of him, I can only imagine how his family feels. We are all devastated by this loss. We love you Kerry and are lifting you, Alisha, and Addi up in prayer.
Doug Cox
January 21, 2021
Kerry Turner was the best friend I ever had in the supplier side of our industry. I began to work with him in 1974 when he and his Mother started Kerry's Etc. His work ethic was second to none, and he seldom made a mistake. When he did, he was fast to correct it . When he moved from Arlington TX to Dallas into a previous Coca Cola Building he was so excited for the future growth of Kerry's Etc. Of course the 1980's hit us and it almost sunk us all, including Kerry's Etc. When the opportunity for Numo came, it was salvation for Kerry and he never looked back. Mike Hicks was the next best thing that ever happened for Kerry and he had told me recently that he felt truly blessed to be working with Mike and Best Promotions. My tears came heavy today as I thought of the many times Kerry and I performed miracles for my clients. Kerry's moniker should be "This Man Can Do It". He was my friend and No One will ever replace Kerry Turner. May God rest His soul and use Kerry to decorate the awards we will receive in Heaven. Please lift Alisha and Addi up in your prayers and donate to the go fund me page for Addi.
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