Better Know a Memphian: Allen K. Turner

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 24th 2012 2053 0

Meet Allen K. Turner, a Memphian (ok, North Mississippian, but close enough) serving with the Mississippi Army National Guard. Here, he answers my questions about what he's working on, the dish he's craving most and what he misses about Memphis:

Allen Turner (photo used with permission)

Name: Allen K. Turner

Occupation: Soldier – Mississippi Army National Guard currently serving in Afghanistan.

Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

Neighborhood: North Mississippi.

I’m working on: a bachelors degree in Intelligence Studies.

What do you miss about Memphis the most? My family, friends, Drake and Zeke in the Morning, all of my favorite restaurants,, museums, the U of M (go Tigers!). I miss everything about Memphis.

I’m listening to: the rocket attack alarms.

If I could have a dish from any Memphis restaurant right now, it would be: 15 layer
lasagna from Spaghetti Warehouse.

In five years, I want to: be finished with my Masters Degree.

I’m excited about: going home to Memphis in September.

How do you describe Memphis to someone who doesn’t live there / has never been there: a city with diverse culture centered on music and civil rights; a place with great food, fun events,
rich history. It's place to find your soul.

The coolest person I’ve met in the past year is: Jeff Cox from St. Blues Guitars.

I love Memphis because: It is my home. It's where I was born, it is where my wife, Cindy
is, and it is where I will spend the rest of my life. I couldn't live anywhere else.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Jane says:

    We sincerely appreciate your service. Memphis loves you!

  2. Cory says:

    Thank you for your service, Allen! 

  3. Jeff Cox says:

    Allen is a fine example of the extraordinary men and women of our Military, that sacrifice so much so that we can live free. Allen, your friends at St. Blues Guitar Workshop look forward to having you back home soon, and  wish you Godspeed!

  4. Cindy T says:

    Allen I miss you so much!  Hurry home! I love you!

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