Fallen Hero: CMSgt (Ret) John (Johnny) D. Turner


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O’Keefe Funeral Home

O'Neal Rd, Gulfport, MS


Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, O’Neal Rd, Gulfport, 12:00- 1:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021,  following visitation, interment will follow at Biloxi  National Cemetery with full military honors.


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on August 30, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. CMSgt(Ret) John (Johnny) D. Turner, age 75, a retired member of the MS Air National Guard and had served with CRTC, Gulfport, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


CMSgt Ret. John D. Turner
January 16, 1946 – August 30, 2021
Gulfport, Mississippi – CMSgt Ret. John D. Turner “Johnny”, age 75, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021 in Biloxi, MS.
Mr. Turner was born in Brookhaven, MS on January 16, 1946, but moved to Gulfport in 1951 where he remained until his graduation from Gulfport High School in 1964. After graduation he left for basic training, which began an illustrious military career at the Mississippi Air National Guard Base in Gulfport that lasted until his retirement in 2001. Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Lunn D. Turner and Sarah Lord McDaniel; a brother, Michael McDaniel; and one grandson, David Naquin.
He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 54 plus years, Phyllis Price Turner; sons, Timothy Allen, John Darrin (Miranda); daughter, Melissa Ann; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Benny Turner and Ray McDaniel; sister, Ginger Dunaway; stepfather, H.E. “Mac” McDaniel; and his “Puppy” Bella.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, O’Neal Rd, Gulfport, MS, at 1:00 p.m.Friends are invited to visit from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery where CMSgt Turner will be buried with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to your favorite charity or a local Salvation Army in Johnny’s name.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Turner. View and sign online tribute at www.bokfh.com