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Greene County Herald publisher dies at 78

Tuesday, August 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Friends and family continue this week to mourn the passing of longtime Greene County Herald owner and publisher Leola Manasco Turner.

Turner was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in a service at McLeod-Magnolia Cemetery in Leakesville. She passed away early Thursday morning, Aug. 17, after an extended illness. She was 78.

“I have never been around anyone who had a cross word to say about Leola,” Greene County Sheriff Stanley McLeod said. “Her and John were solid members of this community.”

“They each have left a strong legacy through the Greene County Herald and through their day-to-day interactions with the people they encountered.”

Turner was born and raised in Leakesville and lived in the county seat for all but a few months of her life. After graduating from Leakesville High School, Turner enrolled in Mississippi Southern College in Hattiesburg, where she met her husband of 56 years, John Franklin Turner, originally from Chatom, Ala.

Turner worked at the Herald in many capacities during the years her parents, William E. and Clyde Manasco, were the owners. Her work at the paper became full-time when she and John purchased the newspaper company in 1974. The couple operated the weekly publication together for three decades before incorporating the business in 2006. She became publisher of the newspaper at that time and, although her day-to-day duties had decreased, remained in that capacity until her death.

“My mother was not trained as a journalist, but she had a keen understanding of the role of a community newspaper and a deep commitment to that role for the Herald,” Editor Russell Turner said.

“She loved her community, and like my dad, firmly subscribed to the slogan of ‘Devoted to the Development of Greene County’ which is published across our masthead each week. She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will continue to guide the way we do things at the newspaper for many years to come.”

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 19.

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