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George Turner

Minden, LA On May 29, 2013, in Minden, Louisiana, George Turner moved on to be with the Lord, after fulfilling life of 93 years. George was predeceased by a year by Ruth, his beloved wife of 72 years. He is survived by their daughter (Georgena Lyle), their son John (Tommy) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Born in Minden in October 1919, of John Killen Turner and Lola Monzingo Turner, George met Ruth in Minden where they were married in 1941 before he resigned from enrollment at Louisiana Tech and entered the U.S. Army during World War II. George was highly decorated member of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, which entered the conflict at Omaha Beach and finished after the siege of Bastogne. He was highly decorated by the U.S. and France for his service in the War, during which he received a battlefield commission from General Maxwell D. Taylor and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

After the war, George returned to Minden where he spent his remaining years serving his family, the First Baptist Church, and his hometown civic organizations. He was a well-known "fixture" in the Minden "employment office" (today known as the Louisiana Department of Labor Workforce Commission), from which he retired as Minden Office Manager. After retirement, he finally was able to return to Louisiana Tech and finish his Bachelors Degree at the age of 65.

Throughout these years, George was a faithful member of the Minden First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for 62 years. He was most proud of his recognition a few years ago by the Sunday School Department as a class teacher for 60 contiguous years. Failing health finally forced George to discontinue his church and civic duties, in which he delighted, and his final years were either spent at his home on the Lewisville Road or under the exceptional care of the management and staff of the Town & Country Health and Rehab facility in Minden. George was peacefully called home while in his sleep during the early hours of May 29th.

Visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Funeral services will be conducted by Reverends Leland Crawford, Bill Crider, and Bill Ichter at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow immediately in the Minden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Freddie Franks, Graydon Kitchens, Paul Kitchens, Robert McKillips, Leonard Miller, Tommy Walker, and Jack Woodard.

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Published in Shreveport Times from May 31 to June 2, 2013
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