By Kevin Eickman
The 12th Man Gridiron Club has announced that 1956 graduate, Parker Lee Turner has been named to this year’s Hall of Fame Class. Turner lettered two times while at Milford, where he played offensive and defensive tackle.
Turner was part of a team that included four players who played in the inaugural Blue/Gold games. In 1956 Parker was joined by Milford Teammates Al Huey, Kenny Draper and Ed Steiner. Now Turner will be joining his teammates in the Hall of Fame as well. “We where always together, and we loved playing football,” commented Turner. “It was wonderful to be teammates with those guys, I am honored to be joining them in the Hall.”
Besides playing football at Milford, Turner was active in other areas as well. He was in the Chess Club, a member of the student council, the safety club, varsity club, photo club, as well as being on the prom committee and part of the yearbook staff. Talking to Turner about his time at Milford high school, he said it was a great place to grow up. “I had such a wonderful time at Milford, we were always having fun and enjoying ourselves,” Turner said. Turner credits his coaches for his success. “I was coached by Earl Brown in middle school, and later on in high school, Brown came in my sophomore year,” stated Turner. “Coach Brown came in and changed the way we ran our offense, and it became very exciting.”
After he graduated from Milford, Turner served a tour in the U.S. Army. Following his time in the military, Turner came home and became a barber in the local area. Turner then joined the company DuPont, working in the maintenance department for 25 years until his retirement. “I really enjoyed my time a DuPont, it was a great place to work,” he said.
Turner was also very active in Pop Warner football, even serving as president of both Milford and Henlopen Conference for some time. “Pop Warner was a great experience for me, we had some fairly successful teams that won a few regional championships,” Turner stated. “It was great to be part of an organization that helped so many young people get their start if football.”
When asked about being named to the hall of fame, Turner was thrilled. “It’s such an honor to be named to the Hall, and be part of such an elite group,” commented Turner. “I honestly became quite emotional, it’s very special to be recognized for my football career.”
Turner still works a few days a week as a barber these days, and likes to spend his free time on the golf course. He is married to his wife Maxine, and has two sons, David and Clay. Clay was a participant in the 1989 Blue/Gold game as wel.l “It was a thrilling experience to have Clay play in the same game I had,” said Turner. “He worked very hard to get there, and it was wonderful to watch him take the field.”