Virgil Turner

Obituary of Virgil Lloyd Turner

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Virgil Lloyd Turner of Ashdown, Arkansas passed away on July 2nd, 2024 in Texarkana,
Texas. Funeral services will be held at Freeman Chapel Methodist Church on July 13th
at______________________. The burial will follow at Rhodes Cemetery in Ashdown,
Arkansas. Visitation will be held at Richardson Hill Funeral Home on July 12th at
____________________. Richardson Hill Funeral Home will be handling the funeral
At University Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, Virgil Lloyd Turner entered the world on
December 7, 1944. He was the son of mother, Thirissa McCoy Turner and father, Pastor
Leon Turner Sr. He confessed Jesus Christ at an early age and was born again into the
family of God.
Virgil attended elementary school in Camden, Arkansas and Jr. High in Magnolia,
Arkansas before graduating from the Little River County Training School in Ashdown,
Arkansas. He attended Bishop College in Dallas Texas and was employed at the
famous Parkland Hospital. He went on to graduate in August 1967 with a Bacclauarte
Degree in Health and Physical Education. Following graduation, he secured a job at
Lincoln High School in Washington, Arkansas as a Biology teacher and basketball
He would soon meet the love of his life in 1967 and two years later, the pair were
married on August 23, 1969 in Columbus, Arkansas. They were truly a dynamic duo.
Virgil was known as the life of the party with his intellect, infectious energy and vibrant
personality lighting up every room they entered. His humor, charm, and storytelling
ability made him the center of attention, and he could truly make others smile. While
Thelma’s calm and steady demeanor made a perfect balance to his exuberance.
Together, they embraced a shared passion for travel and love of family. From the
beaches of California, to their home in Arkansas, their adventures were filled with
discovery, laughter, and love. As they celebrated their 55 years together, the vows they
spoke those many years ago never faltered as their love survived both sickness and
Virgil was kindhearted, humorous, and a lover of music. Virgil was extremely talented.
He could sing and play the piano, but his preference was the guitar and the blues. Virgil
was employed at American National Insurance Company where he earned the
company’s highest honor, before moving to NeKoosa Edwards (Domtar) in Ashdown,
Arkansas, where he worked from the late 1970’s until his retirement in 2009.
Waiting for him in heaven are his parents, his parents in law (get the spelling of their
names), two brothers: Leon Jr. and Wilbur; three sisters: Norvell, Jewelene, and Birdie
Faye. 1 brother in law Arthur, and one sister in law Margaret. He leaves to cherish is
memory, his loving wife Thelma Jean Vaughn Turner. One brother Walter Earl Turner
(Annie) of Ashdown, Arkansas; one sister Laverne (Turner Allen (Alonzo) of Ashdown,
Arkansas; one brother in law Charles Vaughn (Dorothy) of Columbus, Arkansas; and
one sister in law (Betty) of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; as well as an abundance of nieces,
nephews, cousins, friends, and family. He will be greatly missed

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5:00 am - 7:00 am
Friday, July 12, 2024
Freeman Chapel CME Church
321 Dr M L King Jr DR
Ashdown, Arkansas, United States

Homegoing Celebration

1:00 pm
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Freeman Chapel CME Church
321 Dr M L King Jr DR
Ashdown, Arkansas, United States
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