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Vernon Turner, Sr.
October 19, 2023
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“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at
that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love HIS appearing.”
11 Timothy 4:7-8
On Thursday morning, October 19, 2023, Deacon Vernon Lee Turner, Sr., departed this earthly life at his home. He was born in Princess Anne Country (now known as Virginia Beach, VA) on October 15,1945, to the late James Turner and the late Bernice Schutchings. He was predeceased in death by his son, Vernon Lee Turner, Jr., one brother: General Lee Turner, and one sister: Inez Johnson. He was also predeceased by his Godparents: Elder Joseph and Mother Ida Mae Johnson.
Deacon Vernon Lee Turner, Sr., received salvation at an early age and became a member of St. Stephens Church Of God In Christ under the late Pastor, Elder Thurlian Burden Sr. He moved his membership to Mission Temple Church Of God In Christ, under the Pastor, Elder Milton Palmer, Sr. Deacon Turner served the Lord faithfully. While serving at Mission Temple COGIC, he purchased a stove on his own, which they are still using to this day. Deacon Vernon Lee Turner, Sr., loved the church and loved working in the church. He made sure the church was cleaned every weekend, so it would be ready for service on the next day. He loved reading and studying God’s word and loved working in his yard and in his garden. He retired from Virginia Beach City Sanitation, where he worked for 25 years.
Deacon Vernon Lee Turner, Sr., leaves to rejoice and celebrate his homegoing: his wife of 49 years, Missionary Martha Anne Turner; Two sons: Anthony Jay Turner, Norcross, GA, and Trevino Ron Turner, Decatur, GA; Two daughters: Felicia Burden, Va. Beach, and Corissa Teresa Turner, Va. Beach; Three sisters: Rosetta Mile, Va. Beach, Martha Turner, Norfolk, Va., and DeborahHamilton, Norfolk, Va.; One brother: Lafayett Smith, Va. Beach; eight grandchildren; Mother-In-Love, Mother Alice Fenner, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.