Wesley James Turner
Jeffersonville/Danville, GA- Wesley James Turner, formerly of Jeffersonville, Macon and Danville, Georgia, died on August 11, 2014 at home with his family in Arlington, Massachusetts. Until recently, Mr. Turner enjoyed an active life including cruises with his children and grandchildren. On July 2, Mr. Turner celebrated his 96th birthday with a family gathering in Connecticut.
Mr. Turner was born July 2, 1918 in Dayton, Ohio, grew up in Lancaster, England, and came to the United States to join the American Army during the build-up prior to World War II. Arriving at the height of the Great Depression, Mr. Turner served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and, when war was declared, volunteered for the American Army. Mr. Turner served as a Morse Code radio operator in General Patton's Fourth Armored Division, landed in Normandy during the invasion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in the combat zone.
After the war, Mr. Turner studied piano at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and was ultimately awarded a Bachelor's Degree from Loyola College in New Orleans and the Master of Music Degree from Southeastern Louisiana State University. In the early 1960s, Mr. Turner was band director for the Wilkinson County Public School System. He had a quick sense of humor and enjoyed interactions with his students. He married Jane Fitzpatrick of Twiggs County and moved to New Orleans where they raised two children. The family moved to Macon in 1978 where the couple bought and renovated apartment buildings. Once the children began attending boarding school in New Hampshire, the parents soon followed them north.
In the 1990s, Mr. Turner moved back to Georgia to attend to real estate investments, living in Danville to be near close friends, the Beth and Howard Kittle family. Mr. Turner had fond memories and often told stories of time with his Wilkinson County area students. In Danville, he developed friendships he treasured in later years.
Mr. Turner eventually moved to New Hampshire and then Arlington, Massachusetts to live near his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren until his death. He is survived by his daughter, Jean, of New Orleans, and his son, John, daughter-in-law, Jennifer White, and granddaughters, Charlotte and Stella.
Graveside services will be held at the Jeffersonville Cemetery on Saturday, August 16 at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately following at the home of Will and Julie Becker in Tarversville. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Fisher Funeral Home in Cochran, Georgia.
Fisher Funeral Home
101 Dykes Street SW
Cochran, GA 31014
Published in The Telegraph from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014