ROANOKE – Dr. Robert Lander "Lanny" Turner Jr., 67, of Roanoke, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home.
He was born Nov. 12, 1946, in Lancaster, a son of the late Robert Lander Turner Sr. and Susie Neely Turner.
Lanny was a 1964 graduate of Lancaster High School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and worked as a pharmacist at City Drug in Lancaster for a few years. After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, he practiced psychiatry in Texas and Louisiana. The remainder of his career was spent as a psychiatrist with the Veterans Hospital in Salem, Va.
Lanny played saxophone with a Lancaster band, The Nomads, during the 1960s. The band traveled the Southeast, playing 50s and 60s music for various events.
Lanny also enjoyed fishing, watching races and loved music of all kinds, especially listening to jazz. He was a former member of Camp Creek United Methodist Church in Lancaster.
A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Turner is 2 p.m. today, May 14, at Lancaster Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Catoe officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Heath Springs.
Dr. Turner is survived by two sons, Dr. Justin Turner and his wife, Jenny, of Nashville, Tenn., and Elliot Turner and his wife, Jaime, of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Rebecca "Becky" Ammons and her husband, Everette, of Lancaster; two granddaughters, Alison and Megan Turner of Denver; and a special friend and caretaker, Darryl Byrd of Charlotte.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Lancaster Funeral Home and other times at the home of Everette and Becky Ammons, 1640 Grace Ave., Lancaster.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
, 222 S. Church St., Suite 303, Charlotte, NC 28202; or Camp Creek United Methodist Church, 4721 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720.
Notes to the family may be made at www.lancasterfuneralhome.com.
Lancaster Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family of Dr. Turner.