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Carlyne  Adell Cumberbatch  Turner
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Carlyne Adell Cumberbatch Turner was born on August 11, 1943 into a nurturing Bajan-American family residing in the cultural mecca that is Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Carlyle Cumberbatch, was an active-duty military serviceman who passed away shortly before her birth. Her mother, Carmen Viola Batson, was an inspiring visionary who died when Carlyne was only 9 years old, but whose early life lessons loomed large enough to endow Carlyne with a permanent love of learning, resiliency and a growth mindset. Carlyne was blessed with four dedicated grandparents – Kennedy & Adell Cumberbatch and W. Lawrie & Viola Batson – who guided Carlyne through her adolescence and teen years, encouraging her to always aspire for greatness while remaining true to her ancestral roots. Carlyne took this advice to heart, and was as passionate about education and academic success as she was about her Barbados-inspired cravings for coconut bread, coo-coo and codfish, rice and peas, mangoes, and ginger beer!

Carlyne attended elementary and middle schools in Brooklyn and Queens, graduated from Flushing High School in 1961, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Long Island University in 1965. Carlyne went on to earn a Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from Yeshiva University in 1971, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Teacher’s College of Columbia University in 1978. A lifelong learner, Carlyne completed all the course work requirements for a doctoral degree, but selflessly chose to forego finishing her dissertation in order to reserve extra time and resources for her family.

Carlyne married her soul mate, Henry William Turner, on June 15, 1979, and enjoyed 39 years of marital bliss. Carlyne and Henry were proud and doting parents to their two children, Clem and Carlyne Beatrice, for whom they made countless sacrifices to offer the very best in fundamental supports, educational opportunities and life options. They served as excellent role models for Clem and Carlyne Beatrice, demonstrating that anything is possible through perseverance and faith, and instilling a love of learning and compassion for others. Theirs was always a loving and Christ-centered home.

Carlyne accepted Jesus Christ at an early age, and began her Christian journey at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York. She joined Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church (now the Greater Allen Cathedral) in 1979, where she engaged in faithful discipleship, evangelism and outreach for nearly 40 years under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake and Rev. Dr. Elaine M. Flake. Carlyne served on Stewardess Board # 3, and was also active in the counseling, marriage, church school and hospitality/greeter ministries. Carlyne exemplified financial stewardship by tithing religiously, and functioned as a prominent layperson leader in the stewardship campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Cathedral. Carlyne further served as a member of Allen’s Elizabeth Support Group, through which she worked diligently to address the funding and operational needs of the Allen Christian School. One of her favorite annual traditions was the Group Elizabeth Hat Show where she got to combine her fundraising activities with her love of high-fashion Church hats!

In keeping with the command in Matthew 28:19 to “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” Carlyne engaged in evangelism far and wide. She journeyed to South Africa for an international women’s ministry convention and missionary trip in 2004. In addition, she published 2 books of inspirational poetry for mass circulation – “Conversations” in 2010, and “Redemption Road, Salvation Street” in 2011.

While Carlyne was a warm and generous person in all respects, she had a special place in her heart for youth. In 1965, Carlyne began working for the New York City Board of Education (“BOE”) as a Social Studies teacher. Over the course of her career, she served the students in all 5 boroughs of New York City in varying roles – including Classroom Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Citywide Supervisor of Guidance. She also intermittently served on the faculties of York College, City College of New York, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Carlyne had a particular passion for special education and “hard-to-reach” students, and spent the bulk of her career working in District 75 (i.e. – a BOE citywide network of special education schools), including Manhattan High School (Assistant Principal), 753K (Assistant Principal), and PS 138M (Principal). Carlyne took pride in developing unique, youth-centered support and intervention initiatives, including her signature “Baby Think It Over” program which offered specialized educational training for pregnant and parenting teens, and encouraged at-risk youth to be cognizant of family planning considerations. Carlyne retired from the BOE in 2005 after 40 years of exemplary service. Outside of her occupational endeavors, Carlyne also took part in volunteer mentoring, tutoring, SAT-prep and enrichment initiatives benefitting youth through her active membership in Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated (Queens Chapter).

Carlyne departed this life on the evening of Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the age of 74. She leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted husband, Henry William Turner; her son, Clem Gifford Turner, Esq. and wife Lisa; her daughter, Carlyne Beatrice Turner-Beverly, Esq. and husband Clyde, Ph.D; her grandchildren – Candace Helen Beverly, Henry Lawton Turner, Charles O’Neil Turner, Clyde David Beverly, IV, and Cordelia Lee Beverly; her sister, Cherry Montgomery; her sister-in-law & love, Ellen Miller; her brother-in-law & love, Calvin Miller; her cousins – Carol Breland, Diane Coston, Dr. Portia Gordon Ketusugbo, Dr. Kennedy Gordon, Carlyle Leach, Dr. Thomas Leach, and Robin Leach Harris; and a host of nephews, nieces, extended family and friends whose lives she touched in profound ways.

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