Fallen Hero: CW4 Delbert Lee Turner, Jr. (Ret)


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McNeese-Morris Funeral Home

401 South Cummings Fulton, Mississippi
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Thursday, July 20, 2023, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, West Main Church of Christ
2460 W Main St, Tupelo, MS


Celebration of Life, Thursday, July 20, 2023, 6:00 PM, West Main Church of Christ
2460 W Main St, Tupelo, MS


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

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 Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Jul 12,, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  CW4 Delbert Lee Turner, Jr.(Ret), age 93, who had served as a member of the MS Army National Guard within the HHC, 155th Separate Armored Brigade and had worked full-time as the brigade S1 personnel/admin tech , 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, our 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.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Delbert Lee Turner, Jr. departed this earthly life for his eternal home on July 12, 2023, at the age of 93, with his wife and children by his side.  Delbert, who was also known as “Junior”, was born to Delbert Lee Turner, Sr., and Eunie Cox Turner on September 26, 1929, at home on Euclatubba Road in Northeast Mississippi, and lived his entire life in Lee County and Itawamba County, until moving to Harding Place in Searcy, Arkansas in 2019.

Delbert married the love of his life, Mary Ann Smith, on January 8, 1954, and together they raised four daughters.  He was a wonderful example of what a Christian father should be, guiding and inspiring his girls, with patience, perseverance, and purpose, to love the Lord, love His church, love His word, and love others.

Delbert retired from the Mississippi National Guard after 38 years of service, but his true vocation was serving the Lord Jesus Christ.  He was a beloved Bible class teacher, and his mission in life was to lead as many people as possible to Christ, which he did with a gentle and humble spirit.

Delbert is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Ann Smith Turner; his daughters, Cheryl Turner Harsin (Curry), Christi Turner Reeves (Randy), Susan Turner Dismuke (Charles), and Juli Turner Orr; and his sister, Sarah Turner Swindle (Paul).   He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kelly Harsin Odell (Joel), Rex Harsin (Amaris), Jake Reeves (Elizabeth), Cathryn Reeves Hoge (Alex), Hannah Hughes Roble (Victor), Kimberly Dismuke Dorris (David), Chaney Hughes Medley (Luke), Kaylee Dismuke Morgan (James), Sophie Hughes Myers (Ean), Olivia Hughes, Meredith Orr, and Brooklynn Orr; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved dearly.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert Turner, Sr., and Eunie Turner; his sister, Blanche Turner Chamblee and her husband, Marvin; and one great-granddaughter, Keren Rose Odell.

A celebration of Delbert’s life will take place at 6:00 p.m. on July 20, 2023, at the West Main Church of Christ in Tupelo, Mississippi, with visitation prior to the service beginning at 4:30 p.m. Private burial will be in the Center Star Cemetery in Mantachie. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Jarrell Mission Fund, P.O. Box 277, Fulton, MS 38843; or Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 410 North Apple Street, Searcy, AR 72143.

The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate and loving care given to Delbert by Southern Caregivers, Cornerstone Caregiving, Arkansas Hospice, and the staff and residents of Harding Place, as well as by Dr. Brad Crosswhite who provided medical care for both Delbert and Mary Ann while they were living in Mississippi.

Delbert’s girls wish to acknowledge their mother’s lifelong devotion to their dad – for loving him completely and unconditionally, for encouraging him and being his biggest supporter, and always being ready and willing to lend a helping hand in whatever endeavor he undertook – which made it possible for him to serve the Lord in so many ways all of his life; and especially for taking such good care of him in the latter years when his health began to decline.  She was truly his ruby of great worth. Proverbs 31:10-12

Cheryl, Susan, and Juli also wish to acknowledge the exceptional day-to-day care given to their parents by Christi and Randy Reeves. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your happy willingness to move Mom and Dad to Searcy to take care of them there.

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VisitationThursday, July 20, 2023
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

West Main Church of Christ
2460 W Main St
Tupelo, MS 38801 

Celebration of Life ServiceThursday, July 20, 2023
6:00 PM

West Main Church of Christ
2460 W Main St
Tupelo, MS 38801