William Bradley Turner
1922 - 2017
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William Bradley
October 11, 1922 -
July 31, 2017
Columbus, Georgia- William "Bill" Bradley Turner, 94, of Columbus, Georgia, died July 31, 2017, peacefully at his home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday August 3rd at 11 AM at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Reverend Robert Beckum officiating. A private internment will be held at Parkhill Cemetery.
Bill was born on October 11, 1922, in Columbus, Georgia, the son of Don Abbott Turner and Elizabeth Bradley Turner. He was one of three grandchildren of William Clark Bradley and Sarah Hall Bradley.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sue Marie Thompson Turner, his sister Sarah Louise Turner Butler, son Don Abbott Turner, II, grandson David Bradley Brown, son in law William Marcus Moshell, and great-granddaughter Gardiner Mae Turner. Bill and Sue Marie, known to their family as "Pappy" and "Precious", were richly blessed with the love of their 6 children, 22 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Big, chaotic, delicious meals together, countless school activities, and youth sports were central to their lives.
Bill was educated in Columbus schools and graduated from Columbus High School. He earned his degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1943. The next three years he served in the Navy as a Lt. J.G. in the Pacific Theater during World II. In 1948, Bill married the love of his life Sue Marie Thompson. He worked in the family business, the W.C. Bradley Co., and assumed the position of C.E.O in 1952. He succeeded his father as chairman in 1982.
Bill served faithfully on many corporate and community boards. He passionately supported many local causes and had a steadfast belief in the positive potential of this community. A lifelong member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, he taught teenagers in Sunday School for more than 60 years. His students considered him a dear friend until his death. In 1999, Bill authored The Learning of Love – A Journey Toward Servant Leadership, which traces his personal journey of spiritual development. Wishing to expose others to the principles that gave meaning and purpose to his own life, he established Servant Leadership programs at a number of Georgia colleges and universities. Bill openly shared his Christian faith as the source of his renewal so that he could continue to give to others.
Simply stated Bill Turner was a man who loved his Lord, his family, and his community. In the final chapter of his book he wrote of being in the autumn of his days, and quoted two poets who wrote, "I will not die an unlived life" and "Love does not die; people do. So when all that is left of me is love, give me away."
Bill is survived by his children Donna Turner Brown (David) of Atlanta; William Bradley "Brad" Turner, Jr. (Sally) of Columbus; Marie Turner Moshell of Columbus; John Thompson Turner (Amandah) of Columbus; Sarah "Sallie" Turner Martin (John); and daughter-in-law Cathy Seguin Turner of Columbus; and his sister Elizabeth Turner Corn of Columbus. He is also survived by his grandchildren Cameron Brown Richard (Paul); William McKnight Brown (Alice); John "Jay" Sterling Brown; William "Bill" Bradley Turner, III (Katherine); Jack Gwaltney Turner (Ashley); Barbara "Bobsie" Jeanne Turner; Mildred "Millie" Turner Martin (Matt); William Turner Moshell, II (Michele); Lane Moshell Riley (Chandler); Sue Marie Moshell Waddell (Bradley); John Thompson Turner, Jr.; Joseph Gardiner Turner; Bradley Orion "Rion" Turner; Katharine "Katie" Martin Krieg (Justin); Elizabeth Dykes Martin; Lulie Martin Wallace (Harrison); John Catlett Martin, III (Audrey); William Clark Turner (Lori); Don Abbott "Abb" Turner, III (Kayla); Ashley Turner Jones (Martin); and Brooke Delaney Turner; and 26 Great Grandchildren – Paul, III; Ben; Bradley; Madison; Ward; Nealy; Will; Mac; Lilly; Weezie; Guy; Betsy; Lily; Lucy; Cora; Rosie; Chandler, Jr.; Tilly; Eliza; Bradley, III; George; Witt; Edy; Delaney; Julie; and Annalisa.
The family is grateful to his caregivers for the loving, compassionate care that they gave "Pappy". Special thanks to Anthony Wallace, Betty Carden, Eula Davis, and Helen Herbert and to Ann Williams and Columbus Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1104 2nd Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 31901; Pastoral Institute, 2022 15th Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 31901; Brookstone School, 440 Bradley Park Drive, Columbus, Georgia, 31904; or the Columbus State University Servant Leadership Program, Richards Hall 101, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 31907.

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Published in Ledger-Enquirer from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2017.
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November 7, 2017
I sent this message to my little brother, Don Rogers, who was about to communicate with Bill (he thought): "If you reach him, please give my regards - I know what you mean about communicating gratefulness. In Bill's case, it would be impossible for any human to communicate the depth of love, compassion, family, kindness, "connectedness", and human dignity that he reached with Mom. If I have met a more genuine and more decent person in my almost 62 years of life, I couldn't tell you who it is! Please give him my best." Our mom was Letitia Ruth Grantham Rogers, wife (twice!) of Harris Gordon Rogers, Jr. (CAPT, USN, Ret. (dec.), and childhood friend of Bill's. His kindness and graciousness toward my mother sparked a child-like joy for the last 12 years of her 2-weeks-shy-of-90-year life. It was when my brother tried to contact Bill that he learned that Bill had passed away just days before he called. I want all of Bill's family to know how grateful we are to God for allowing us to experience His Grace, Truth and Love, through Bill's genuine, humble life. With love and gratefulness in our hearts, John H. Rogers, CAPT, USNR, Ret., for the Rogers family (901-268-1081)
August 9, 2017
Mr. Turner influenced my life and my Family in numerous ways at St Luke and beyond. I first recall the sight of him at Peach League Rams baseball at Lakebottom with white long sleeve shirt sleeves rolled up to watch John. Furthermore his Church influence on my wife , daughters and extended Family was and is woven into us all and likely me especially. He always spoke to me every time I was nearby. I last shook his hand at Dinglewood with Marie and Sallie and my heartfelt sympathy goes to the entire Family. I still have a one page relationship sheet he had typed and given me and view it daily-of course it mentions to Hug and I learned it's value.
Sim Thomas
August 9, 2017
Bill was an extordinary man among men. I was one of the fortunate teens he taught in Sunday School, in the mid 80's. What I learned from Bill was remembering why I live, how I should be, and to have love for everyone. My heart was full every Sunday, and I worked to achieve my lesson. It isn't always easy, and sometimes I failed, but I tried.
Farewell, Bill. May you know how many lives you touched by how many think of you as a guardian angel. I know you're now one of mine.
Melissa Terry Fuhrman
August 7, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God
continue to surround you with His Peace and Love.
Our community, state, and country are all a better place to live because of
Mr. Turner's generous spirit and example of how we should treat one another
on a daily basis. He will be missed!

Jimmy and Barbara Motos

Jimmy Motos
August 7, 2017
Over the years in the community, especially having been with CB&T/Synovus, I have often been delighted and/or inspired by stories that were shared by many people and included references to Mr. Turner and his teachings. I was very often envious of my friend Jennifer, who had a close relationship with Mr. Turner, because a man like that-- I wanted him to be my friend too. Just to see him and be in his presence-- it was abundantly clear that grace was his aura. I am highly blessed to live in a place that has been touched by his influence. I have thought about him so much since his passing. He was to us what God would want we all to be.
judith Tucker
August 6, 2017
To a gentle man among men. It was a true pleasure to know him. Kathy Kelleher
August 5, 2017
My condolences to the family of William Turner. He will be sorely missed. My prayers and sympathy to you all.
Cynthia Williams
August 4, 2017
What a lovely man. He always had kind words and hugs. Peace .
Karen Erwin-Brown
Pastoral Institute
VALLEY office 2001-2014
Karen Erwin-Brown
August 3, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family. A true legend and servant leader in the community. You will be missed and may you rest in peace kind soul.
Kathy Riley
August 3, 2017
God Bless the family of Mr. W M Turner. He will truly be missed. You may be gone but never forgotten. You were truly a blessing to us all. God Bless your family.

Thank you Sandra C Jones (Synovus)
August 2, 2017
A finer man never existed.
Frank Langdon
August 2, 2017
My warmist sympathies to the family of Bill Turner, who was a wonderful teacher and friend to many young people during his long life of service to the people of Columbus.
Gov. Jason Vaughan
August 2, 2017
God has truly received a Soldier with wings. Our deepest felt sympathies to the family for your loss as you each move through the days ahead. Mr. Bill had a Servant Vision and Focused Legacy with Faith, Love and Strength in each stone he laid. His smile, hands, voice and spirit will surely continue decades ahead through his vision and God's blessings. Oh what a humble Soldier of God.
W.M. Hall
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