Raymond John Turner, Sr., 85, of Floral City, Fla., died April 6, 2013. A native of Kissimmee, FL, he was born on January 20, 1928. Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Lucille Turner, as well as his granddaughter Stacy Cannon. He is survived by his three children, Judy Cannon of Garfield, AR; Thomas and Domma Turner of Duette, FL; Jr. and Ann Turner of Floral City, FL. He is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Ray was a lifetime cowboy and horseman. In 1949, Ray assisted in building the original Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. He spent many years there after competing in multiple rodeo events at Silver Spurs, and winning many awards. In 1959, Ray started working for Florida Quarter Horse Association Hall of Famer, Arnold Saraw, at Thunder Cloud Ranch. Ray spent 30 years at the ranch as the ranch foreman. During his time there, Ray raised, trained, and showed multiple AQHA champion horses. Ray also spent over 30 years participating and showing in the FQHA and AQHA, winning multiple championships and awards. Ray was part of a dying breed and is considered a true Florida cowboy and horseman, an honest man who put in more than he's share of a hard day's work. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 13th at 1:00pm in Fortner Cemetery, Parrish, FL.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Apr. 10, 2013