Mitchell Turner

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Mitchell Bays Turner CHARLOTTE - Mitchell Bays Turner died Sunday, April 13, 2014, after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 2 years old. Mitchell was born Feb. 27, 2012, in Charlotte, to Margaret "Meg" Bays McElwain and Frank Lyttle Turner III. The day after he was baptized at Myers Park United Methodist Church, he was diagnosed at 3 months of age with a rare form of infant acute lymphocytic leukemia. His courageous struggle touched so many in the community. The prayers, meals and other expressions of support from friends and even strangers provided so much comfort to the family. That love will never be forgotten. Mitchell is survived by his parents; his older brother, Frank Lyttle Turner IV; and paternal grandparents Dr. Edward Meeks and Virginia Cobb Hopkins and Frank Lyttle Turner Jr., all of Amherst, Virginia. Also surviving are Aunts Ellen Cobb Turner of Amherst, Virginia, Maelyse McElwain Webb and her husband, Kyle of Memphis, Tennessee, and Courtney Hopkins Lewis and her husband, Michael of Leesburg, Virginia; Uncle Edward Hunter Hopkins of Amherst, Virginia; and first cousin William Bays Webb of Memphis. He is also survived by his devoted caregiver and playmate, Patricia Slone of Charlotte, who offered such tender care to Mitchell and his family. Mitchell is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Maryhardy Bays McElwain of Grenada, Mississippi, and Joseph Mitchell McElwain of Ripley, Mississippi. Inspired by Mitchell, his family established the Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund within the Novant Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation to raise funds and provide financial support for other families at Novant Health facing challenging pediatric illness. "Mitchell's Fund" helps share information on what families and children endure during treatment for critical and life-threatening illnesses, seeking to inspire the community's understanding and support. You can learn more about this cause at The family offers the deepest thanks to Dr. Michael Giftos at Eastover Pediatrics; Nora King, Dr. Tasha McCauley and all the doctors and nurses at Novant Hemby Children's Hospital; Dr. Randy Hock, Dr. Christine Bolen and Dr. Jessica Bell, Deborah Rhyner, and nurses at Novant Blume Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic; Elizabeth Gray and the Novant Health child life specialists, the Rotary Club of Charlotte, and countless friends and family for their love and support. A memorial service to celebrate Mitchell's life will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. Visitation will follow the service in Jubilee Hall. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund through the Novant Health Foundation, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233 or to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at

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Published in Charlotte Observer from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2014
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