2009-02-12 / Obituaries


Charlie Henry Turner, 87, of Sunflower died Feb. 3, 2009 at Jackson Health Care Facility.

He was born Sept. 22, 1921. He was a member of Little Sunflower Baptist Church #3. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. During his tours of duty he received the following decorations and citations: American Service Medal, European- African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with 1 Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal AR 600-68, World War II Victory Medal. He served in the following battles and campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He retired as an operator at St. Joe Paper Mill in Port St. Joe, Fla.

Survivors include his wife, Coretha McNeil Turner, Port St. Joe, Fla.; six sons, Charlie H. Turner Jr., Larry Turner, both of Sacramento, Calif., Harold Byrd, Kenny Turner, both of Apalachicola, Fla., Varie Turner, Port St. Joe, Fla., Johnny Byrd, Grove Hill; five daughters, Patricia Turner, Sacramento, Calif., Evelyn Byrd, Port St. Joe, Fla., Vivian Turner, Rose Bryant, both of Panama City, Fla., Helen Griffin, Apalachicola, Fla.; two brothers, James Turner, Eddie Turner, both of Mobile; three sisters, Georgia Turner Beckham, Mt. Vernon, Evelyn Turner Beck, Mobile, Millie Turner Campbell, Buffalo, New York; 55 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

The service was Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Shady AME Zion Church in Sunflower. Burial was in the Red Hill Cemetery in Sunflower. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

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