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Ellaville's T&R Custom Celebrates 50 Years
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The Gambler: Turner - from high school dropout to successful businessman

Marion County resident Ronnie Turner outside his sprawling manufacturing plant in Ellaville

From the April 20, 2022 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   The employees of T&R Custom in Ellaville surprised owner Ronnie Turner with a special celebration on April 12, 2022 to mark his 50th year in business. It was a simple office party with the presentation of a plaque and a cake, but the history of the company is far from simple and is one of the biggest smalltown success stories you'll ever hear.
   When the 80-year-old Turner recalls his modest beginnings, he can hardly believe where he's at now – and just how many twists and turns there have been along the way.
   Originally from Cuthbert, he dropped out of school in the 9th grade. While that's not a course of action he would recommend to others, he found a way to still succeed. It wasn't easy. His first job brought in $1.25 per hour and he knew he had to do something about his circumstances.
   He decided on two simple actions: hard work and saving money.
   "I had an aunt who told me there's more to saving than to making," he recalls. "I saved 25% of everything I made. I promised myself I would accomplish something and have some money in my pocket."
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