Marion Gerald Turner

Marion Gerald Turner

Marion Gerald Turner, 91, of Elco, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. 

Mr. Turner was born on Aug. 13, 1928, in Piggott, Ark., the son of Claude Robert and Vivian Marjorie Birchett Turner.  

He married Linda Dabbs on Sept. 27, 1974. 

Mr. Turner was a veteran. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a carpenter and mechanic before his retirement.  He was the former mayor of  Mill Creek.  He was of the Pentecostal faith.  

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Elco; his son, Robert Turner; a daughter, Tammy Mann, and a son, Troy Turner; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Richard Turner, Ethel Niswonger and Gaylon William “Bill” Turner. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Eric Turner and Keith Turner; a daughter, Sue Westfall; two grandsons, Billy Turner and Jordon Mann; and siblings Vera Pauline Arnsmeier, Robert Claude Turner Jr., Everett Turner, Charles Turner, Dallas Turner, Peggy Turner and Zeffie Turner. 

Visitation will be Thursday, today, from noon until the hour of funeral services at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, today, at the funeral home, with  the Rev. Stephen Clardy officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be at a later date at St. John’s Cemetery near Dongola. 

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of the arrangements.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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