Iris Nadeen Turner
April 2, 1933 - November 16, 2020
On Monday, November 16, 2020, Iris Nadeen Turner, quietly slipped beyond the gravity of earth and moved into the presence of Jesus Christ for the rest of time and eternity.
Nadeen was born on April 2, 1933 and grew up on a farm on the Dry Fork Road in Dry Fork, Virginia.
She was a graduate of Whitmell Farm Life School and worked as a bookkeeper for the Dry Fork Milling Company for more than 50 years.
One day, more than 70 years ago, she ventured out to Climax, Virginia and found the love of her life, her husband, Rex Gideon Turner. Their relationship and marriage was filled with romance and joy, as well as lots of hard work.
Rex and Nadeen shared everything in life and most of all they shared a mutual abiding faith and strong commitment to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Nadeen faithfully served in numerous capacities as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon Board member and the Secretary-Treasurer of her home church, the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dry Fork, Virginia, for various intervals, spanning more than 65 years.
In addition, she enjoyed singing in the choir and helping others in their times of need and personal loss.
She loved her church and received no greater delight than spending time together in church with her Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
Her closest friend was Jesus, her dearest book was the Bible and her prayer life was unparalleled.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cosby M. Shelton and his wife, Georgia Daniel Shelton, of Dry Fork, Virginia. Nadeen leaves behind her sweet and devoted husband, Rex Gideon Turner and her children, Dexter Bryan Turner and Michael Gideon Turner and his wife, Judy N. Turner of Lynchburg, Virginia. She also leaves behind her beloved grandson, Jared Michael Turner of Lowell, North Carolina and his wife, Jennifer as well as her three grandchildren whom she adored, Addison Hope Turner, Brogan Michael Turner, and Gideon Beckett Turner.
Nadeen is also survived by her brother, Bobby Lee Shelton of Dry Fork, Virginia and Anne Shelton Turner as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins, who will greatly miss her happy and cheerful spirit.
Her family is grateful to all the physicians, nurses, caregivers and friends and family who took extraordinary care of her near the end of her life.
Her family is also extremely appreciative for the support and love of Rev. Gerald Kelley, Earlene and Frank Dolan, Tim Shelton, Laurie Vanderhyde, Jo Anne and Claude Owen, Sandra and Raymond Jones, Fran and Wade Jenkins, and Susie Holland, each of whom provided valuable and selfless assistance to her during the final year of her life.
In looking back at Nadeen’s life, in the end she gave more to us than we could ever give to her. Her light will forever shine in our hearts as she truly inspired and ministered to each of us.
For that reason and many others, she will be greatly missed by so many people who knew her and whose lives were profoundly touched by her.
So while we weep, but for a moment, for our loss, her passing marks an incomparable journey of victory inasmuch as we cannot help but smile and rejoice as she walks through heaven’s gates in perfect health to embrace her Savior and all of those there who have been waiting for her to make her entrance.
A Celebration of Life service led by Rev. Gerald Kelly and others will be conducted on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Nadeen’s home church at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church located at 3612 Dry Fork Road in Dry Fork, Virginia. Family visitation will occur at the church at 1:00 p.m, one hour prior to the service. www.scottfuneralhomechatham.com
Published by Danville and Rockingham County on Nov. 18, 2020.