Cal Turner

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Cal Turner
Hurley Calister Turner

May 28, 1915
DiedNovember 20, 2000 (aged 85)
Spouse(s)Laura Katherine Goad
ChildrenLaura Dugas
Cal Turner Jr.
Betty Campbell
Steve Turner
Parent(s)James Luther Turner
Josephine Marcum

Hurley Calister "Cal" Turner (May 28, 1915 - November 20, 2000) was an American businessman. He was the founder of Dollar General.

Early life[edit]

Cal Turner was born on May 28, 1915 in Macon County, Tennessee.[1] His father, James Luther Turner, was a traveling salesman who, during the Great Depression, found success selling-off store inventories before the stores had to close down.[1]

Business career[edit]

Turner co-founded J. L. Turner & Son Wholesale with his father, J.L. Turner, in Scottsville, Kentucky in 1939.[1] It later became known as Dollar General, a chain of dollar stores.[1] He listed it on the New York Stock Exchange in 1968.[1] He retired in 1989.[1] By the time of his death, it had "4,800 discount stores in 25 states."[1]


Turner endowed the Turner Family Scholarships for Dollar General employees in 1999.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Turner married Laura Katherine Goad.[1] They had four children: Laura Dugas, Cal Turner Jr., Betty Campbell, Steve Turner.[1][2] His wife predeceased him in 1988.[1]


Turner died on November 20, 2000 in Scottsville, Kentucky.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Martin, Douglas (November 20, 2000). "Cal Turner, 85; Founded Dollar General". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Cal Turner Program For Moral Leadership in the Professions: Cal Turner Jr.: Chairman, Cal Turner Family Foundation". The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Retrieved November 9, 2015.