He was born on December 22, 1934 in Grundy County, Tennessee to James W. Turner Sr. and Eoda (Bess) Turner.
On July 29, 1959 he was united in marriage to Thelma Francis “Sue” (Comfort) Turner on at Calvary Baptist Church in Sedalia, Missouri.
He was a disabled veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Thelma “Sue” Turner, brother Clayborn Turner of Tennessee as well as daughters Vicky S. Reynolds, Brenda K. Turner and husband Tim Ross, Pamela J. Warren and husband Robert Warren, sons James D. Turner and Ricky J. Turner and wife Melissa Turner, all of Sedalia. He had 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
James was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and a brother.
He considered himself to be a “jack of all trades and master of none.” James will be remembered by his family and friends as a man who always had time and care for those he loved. His family looks forward to meeting him at the Tree of Life.
The family will be holding a private celebration of life at a later date.
The Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree,
“I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good life I lived when I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how truly I was blessed.
Continue tradition, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
Until the day comes we’re together again.”