Randy Turner, age 60, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on December 15, 2012. Randy was born and raised in Nahunta, Ga., although he spent most of his adult life living in Bullhead City, Ariz. He didn't just live in Bullhead City, he loved Bullhead City, and was one of the city's most outspoken supporters.
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Born Phillip Randall Turner on June 10, 1952, he was the son of Leila Hickox. Randy was raised by Leila and his loving grandparents, Beulah and Dueb Hickox, who preceded him in death.
After graduation from high school, Randy joined the Marines in 1970 and served as a Sergeant in Vietnam. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, Randy attended Arizona State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education.
After graduating from college, Randy attended the police academy where he was given a post in Mohave County, Ariz. Randy proudly worked as an Arizona Public Safety Officer. Although Randy decided to end his career as an AZDPS Officer in 1979, he felt Bullhead City was his home. On August 15, 1984, with office space provided by good friend Joe Heath, Randy opened Southern Insurance Agency, which he developed and grew to a highly successful agency that he proudly, and with great passion, operated until his death.
Randy took pride in serving his community. First, as a long-standing member of the Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce, and over the years Randy served in every position of the board of directors. Randy was also a member of Bullhead City Rotary Club, where he proudly and with passion held every position within the Club. Randy's love for the children in this community was as great as his passion for serving as a dedicated member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Colorado River, serving in every board position. Randy was also president of State Alliance (an association of the Arizona Boys & Girls Club).
Randy's other passion for more years then he could remember was officiating high school sports – especially with John McCormick, Mike Edwards, Tony Petrik and Don Arsenault. Randy also served as president of the Northwest Arizona Independent Agency Association, , Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Arizona, and was a member of numerous HOAs and the Bullhead City Fire District Governing Board.
He is survived by his beloved, Maria Del Carmen Lopez Velazquez, and her children (the twins), Mychal Brenton and Brittany Michelle, and Brittany's son Devon; cousins Ann Jones and Deloyce Underwood, both of Ga.; other family members: godsons Blake Brissette-Mathias of Las Vegas, Nev., Bradley Nelson Shaw of Bullhead City, Ariz., and great godson Colton Randall Brissette-Mathias; as well as special friends Tom Gibson, Donna Rutledge, Belinda Brissette-Mathias, and numerous lifelong friends from both Georgia and Arizona.
Special thank you to Dr. Thomas and Karen Dallman, Dr. Tomislav Dragovich, and the Banner M.D. Anderson cancer team for not only the incredible medical care, but for the compassionate care they provided to Randy.
Interment will take place in Nahunta, Ga. on December 27, 2012.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Colorado River, 2250 Highland Ave. in Bullhead City, Ariz.
Being a strong community member, Randy's request was in lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his name to the Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River, Attention Terri, 2250 Highland Ave., Bullhead City, AZ 86442.
Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27, 2012