Giles Turney was born January 20, 1880, in Cullman, Alabama.He was raised on a farm.He decided to leave and go west.He was only 18 years old when he and a friend, about the same age, by the name of Arthur Woods, hitch-hiked to Searcy County.Grandpa Turney had an uncle by the name of Dave Caroll that lived in the County. After his arrival, Mr. Turney decided to stay here, but his friend, Mr. Woods, returned to Alabama.This was about 1898.He met a girl whose name was Jody Wilbanks.They fell in love and married about 1900.They had a daughter Malinda, born in 1902, who later married Riley Harness.Then two sons, born about 1903 and 1905, both contacted the diptheria germ and died.They were buried in one coffin, in 1907.Dolly was born, died in 1975; then in 1909, Rube was born, died in 1980.Dolphus was born in 1912, and presently lives in New York, NY.He and Malinda Harness, who lives in Harrison AR, are the only survivors, plus 15 grandchildren. Mr. Turney homesteaded 160 acres on what is known as the Giles Turney Ridge.Then he moved to Welcome Home community and ran a small store for several years. After forty years, he decided to return to Alabama for a visit.He saw many changes and enjoyed himself. He was a hard worker, an honest man, and he loved to scare and tease children. He lost his wife with cancer of the cheek bone in 1933.then he married Ellen Horton Firestone in 1934.He professed faith in Christ and was baptized at the age of 85.He lived to be 9? years old.He was buried in Bear Creek Cemetery where his wife and two sons are buried.