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Longtime Leakesville editor dies

Tuesday, June 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
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LEAKESVILLE – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26 at Freeman Funeral Home for John Franklin Turner, 81, native of Washington County, Ala., and resident of Leakesville, who died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg.

Rev. Billy Dowdy, Rev. Phillip Price and Rev. Michael Perry will officiate. Interment will be in Leakesville’s McLeod-Magnolia Cemetery.

A wake will be held from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 at Freeman Funeral Home in Leakesville.

He graduated from Washington County High School and the University of Southern Miss.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He served on the Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation Board of Directors for 18 years, where he had many friends.  He owned and edited the Greene County Herald, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Leakesville where he served as deacon and last year was honored as deacon emeritus. He was a founding member of Leakesville Volunteer Fire Department, and was a former Civil Defense Director of Greene County.  In his spare time he loved to fish, turkey hunt and deer hunt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Webster and Pearl Turner; brothers, J.C., Bill, and Dan Turner; and son Randy Turner.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Leola Manasco Turner; daughter, Cheri (Dennis) Culpepper; son, Russell (Jennifer) Turner; granddaughters, Joni (Chris) McMillon, Jennifer (Curt) Edwards, Mary Grace Turner; grandsons, Perry and Jackson Turner; great-grandsons, Hunter and Ryder McMillon and great-granddaughter, Lilly Edwards; brothers, Waid B. “Butch” Turner of Mobile, Ala., and Cecil Clyde Turner of Graceville, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Ruby Turner of Chatom, Ala., and Yvonne Turner of Wagerville, Ala.; and nieces, nephews and many friends.

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