Good bye for now. If you are reading this message, that means God has finally closed my eyes to sleep. Thank you, heavenly Father.
God blessed me to live ninety-two years. And for that, I am thankful. I lived to have four generations born to this family, and I am the fifth generation.
Born on September 13, 1926 to Lula and Agnew Turner. I grew up on an old plantation, working hard farming the land.
I grew as a member of the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church and was ordained as a deacon in 1953.
I met and married Florence Slay. To this union was born nine children. I farmed during the early years of my life until I was hired on at the paper mill, which is now, Georgia Pacific. I only had a seventh-grade education. But, after being hired on at Georgia Pacific, I had the opportunity to go to night school where I earned my GED.
I wanted my children, to learn and know the value of a good education. And if you really want something that’s worthwhile, you have to work hard for it. I know my example paid off.
I was preceded in death by my parents, Lula and Agnew; one sister, Edna Mae Norris.
I leave to cherish my memories: my nine children – you all are my heart; Sadie Pleasure, Ruth Love, Shirley Abell, Connie Moss, Eurial (Thelena) Turner, Agnes (Curtis) Dubose, Elizabeth Robinson, Bennie Ruth White, Debra Ann Turner; twenty-seven grandchildren, forty-seven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; my baby sister, Annie Ruth Hampton. I love you “doll.” A host of nieces and nephews, friends and family members.