Jack Wesley Turner
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Jack Wesley Turner
Jack was born on February 23, 1926, in Palos, Alabama, the first of four sons. His parents were the late Eugene Calvin and Mary Blanche Fortner Turner. His brothers: Jim, Bill and Bob preceded him in death.
His family moved from Alabama in 1931, first to Kentucky and then to West Virginia in 1932. Jack attended Mark Twain, Fayette County, and Stoco High schools. He spent his senior year at Woodrow Wilson High School.
During his school years, he played all sports including baseball and football. In 1944, Jack attended West Virginia University, where he played football for the Mountaineers. He wore jersey #11 and was the center for quarterback, Jimmy Walthall. The highlight of his WVU football career occurred on October 28, 1944, when his team defeated Penn State 28-27. This was a proud day for him and he always remembered participating in this victory.
After attending WVU for one year, Jack played with the farm system of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played baseball for a total of three years. His baseball uniform was exchanged for a soldier's uniform on December 15, 1945, when he joined the United States Army. He wore each uniform proudly and served each profession with honor and dignity!
On June 27, 1948, he married Cynthia Marie Johnson. They were blessed to celebrate 64 years of marriage. To their union were born one daughter and two sons, Barbara, Brett and Brad. The couple first resided on Parkwood Drive and later moved to Berkley Street where they have lived for 50+ years.
Mr. Turner worked in the coal mines and as a salesman for Goodyear Tire, Gould National Battery Company and Security Tire and Rubber Company.
After retirement, he opened Jack's Pawn Shop, which he operated from 1981 to 1995. During retirement, he attended the Pence Springs Flea Market for many years with his brother, Bill, and was always happy visiting with the many friends he met there.
Mr. Turner coached the Beckley and Sophia American Legion Teams for four years. Additionally, he was also a Scout for the Cincinnati Reds baseball franchise. Mr. Turner was a member of the Oak Grove Christian Church, American Legion Post 32, and the Beckley Masonic Lodge #95.
Jack leaves to cherish his memory his loving children, daughter, Barbara Jean Turner Slone and husband, Roger, of Beckley; Brett Wesley Turner of Dallas, Texas, and Brad Lee Turner and wife, Gina, of Washington, Indiana. He has two precious "grandtutors" as he liked to call them, Jaclyn Lea Slone (tuti-fruti) of Charlotte, North Carolina and Brady Grayson Turner (Shady Brady) of Washington, Indiana. David Eugene Turner (Big Worm), who was a most dedicated and caring nephew; his dear sister-in-law, Arvada Johnson and two other dear friends, Wesley Roles and Fred Yancy, also survive.
Jack was friendly to all the people he met and brought great joy to all who knew him. He loved life; he loved people; and he never met a stranger. He was a wonderful husband, adored father and grandfather, and a dedicated citizen who will be greatly missed.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Harper Mills Nursing Home (Talina). Also, to Hospice of Southern WV, especially Paula, Amber and Kelly his caregivers. Jack loved the Beckley VA Medical Center and thanks them for 30+ years of wonderful care. Mr. Turner said numerous times that the Beckley VA was the "best hospital" and had the "best Pharmacy Staff" of anywhere in the world.
His remains will rest at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, where family and friends may gather to celebrate the life of Jack Wesley Turner on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Doc Adkins at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 AF & AM will serve as pallbearers and conduct Masonic graveside rites.
In lieu of flowers the family and Mr. Turner have requested donations be made to the Hospice of Southern WV, P. O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802 in memory of Jack W. Turner.
As a heavenly angel wearing his eternal uniform, we can hear "Pa" gathering the team and yelling "Let's play ball!"
Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S Kanawha St, Beckley, WV.
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