Jimmie Turner


Jimmie Lee Turner, lovingly called ""Chic"" by family and friends departed this life on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Washington Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with burial following at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Jimmie was born on February 8, 1937, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to John ""Happy"" Turner and Mattie Reese Thomas. Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Geraldine W. Turner, sister, Minnie Mills (Chicago); and a grandson, HM3 Kashif L. Turner.
Jimmie ""Top T"" served in the Unites States Marine Corps for over 30 years as an Electronic Engineer Instructor, Advanced Electrician and Utility Chief. His military service included two combat tours in Vietnam, numerous tours in Okinawa, Japan, Cherry Point, Marine Corps Barracks, Washington, DC, Quanticio, Virginia, Hawaii and Camp LeJuene, North Carolina. He was an inspiration and mentor to many young Marines throughout his career and life.
In 1985, he retired from the Marine Corps as Master Gunnery Sergeant. He then proceeded to work as a civil service employee for 16 years at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
He was an active member in the Masons as a 33rd degree Mason and held various positions such as past master of Mt. Horeb Lodge #73, past commander and chief of Louis Mingo Consistory #316.
Masonic Houses:
1. Mount Horeb Lodge #73
2. Excelsior Chapter #305 ,Order Of The Eastern Stars, Worthy Patron
3. St. James Chapter #73, Holy Royal Arch Masons
4. St. James Court #13 Heroines of Jericho, Most Worthy Joshua
5. Lewis Mingo Consistory #316, Past Commander In Chief
6. Bi-County East Commanders Of The Rite, 33rd degree
7. Arabian Temple #42
He leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Robin T. Glaspie (special friend, Sol), Jimmie L. Turner II (Carolyn), Gerneice T. Martin (Anthony); grandchildren, Normeka Glaspie, Antonette Hodges (Ronnie), Demetrius Turner; great-grandson, Javon Hodges; sister, Gloria ""Cookie"" Cox (Will); nieces and nephews and a host of cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at Saunders Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to Saundersfh.com.
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Saunders Funeral Home Inc
210 Bell Fork Rd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 938-2151
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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from July 21 to July 24, 2014
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