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Ferman Leroy Turner

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Funeral services for Ferman Leroy Turner, 83, formerly of Simonds Road were held at the Sherman Burbank Memorial Chapel Wednesday, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Penny Rich Smith pastor of the Second Congregational Church South Williamstown, officiating.

The organist was Elaine T. Whitney.

The committal service at Westlawn Cemetery was also conducted by Rev. Smith. Full military honors were performed by the Richard A. Ruether Post No. 152 with Howard Oakes, Sgt. at Arms, Edward Pratt, chaplain who recited “What The Flag Stands For,” Everett H. Miller folder of the flag and Gary Walsh holder of the flag. The flag was presented by Chaplain Edward Pratt to Phyllis Wiles to be flown at the Turner House.

The honor guard detail was Henry E. Bratcher Jr., Anita Hanlon, Richard Babcock, Frank Nolan, Roger Dennett, John Richard, Harold Montgomery, Edwin and Pauline Torrey.

The firing squad consisted of Mike Kennedy, Williamstown Veteran’s Agent, Rolland Roy, Robert Sweet and Richard Peterson.

Taps was played by Ronald D. Whitney.

Bearers were representing the American Legion Commander Richard Trombley, Past Commander David Larabee, Herbert Palmer, the VFW Post 8304 Ardent Jensen and the Williamstown Fire Department Kevin P. Hamel and James Fisk.

Mr. Turner died Aug. 23, 2003 at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, Vt. In 1992 he turned his 200-year-old home over to the Richard A. Ruether Post No. 152 American Legion with the stipulation that it be used as a home for homeless veterans and was named the Turner House in his honor.

Representing the Turner House Board of Directors were Phyllis Wiles, Maureen O’Mara, Philip Cook, Harlan Smith, Herbert Palmer and Henry E. Bratcher Jr.

The George M. Hopkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 28, 2003
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