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Jess N. Turner


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Jess N. Turner Obituary
Jess N. Turner Jr., of Mineral Wells passed away at age 93 at an assisted living facility in Weatherford on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at First United Methodist Church of Mineral Wells. The family will greet friends afterwards at the church. Memorials: First United Methodist Church; Texas Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8111 N. Stadium Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77054; or a . Jess was born in Graford on May 12, 1921, the son of the late Annie Laura Johnson Turner and Jess N. Turner Sr. He attended Tarleton State, Luscombe School of Aeronautics and Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, where he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Cannon. They married April 12, 1942, in Fort Worth and enjoyed 71 years of marriage. During World War II he served in the Army Air Force. Jess and Mary built Palo Pinto Telephone Co., which they owned and operated for over 25 years. After the company was sold, he focused on ranching and his many community service activities. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mineral Wells, a former member and past president of Holiday Hills Country Club, a former member and past president of the Palo Pinto County Hospital District board of directors, a former member and past president of the Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District board of directors, former member of the Farm Bureau board of directors, former director of Mineral Wells Savings and Loan, and former member and director of the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association. Survivors: Son, Jess "Sonny" and wife, Kaye Turner; daughter, Laura and husband, Tom Blong; daughter, Pat Turner; grandchildren, Derek Turner, Keri and husband, Ricky Stuart, Jared and wife, Lori Blong, and Jody Hatch; great-grandchildren, Trey Stuart, Merritt, Caleb and Jess Blong, and Avery and Will Turner; brother, Charles Turner; sister-in-law, Inez and brother-in-law, Mc Howe; and many other loving family members.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 8, 2014
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