Donald R. ‘Don’ Turner, 68, ‘loved his family, life, people and the beach’

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Donald R. Turner
Donald R. Turner

Donald R. ‘Don’ Turner, 68, of Carolina Beach and formerly of Pensacola Fla., went to his eternal home on Monday, April 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Don was born in Kinston on April 24, 1947, to Johnnie and Julia Jarman Turner.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served proudly for 24 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander l in the Medical Service Corps. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Don spent 21 years as CEO of Escambia Community Clinics in Pensacola, Fla., providing healthcare for the indigent and medically needy in the community. His expertise in healthcare was recognized throughout the state of Florida.

Prior to moving to Carolina Beach in March of 2015, he was an active member of Cokesbury UMC in Pensacola, and upon moving to Carolina Beach, he joined St. Paul’s UMC, serving on the board of trustees and liaison for Watchdogs at Murray Middle School.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cathy, who was the love of his life and best friend; and two sons, Chad, and his wife, Jennifer, of Wake Forest and Brian, and his wife, Alison, of Raleigh. His greatest joy were his grandchildren, Julia Grace, Mollie Catherine, Erynn and James. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Young of Wake Forest; brother, Cecil (Al) Turner of Surf City; sister-in-law, Mickie Turner of Jacksonville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at St. Paul’s UMC, Carolina Beach. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Don loved his family, life, people and the beach. Don made people smile.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s UMC Building Fund, 300 Harper Ave., Carolina Beach, NC 28428; or Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275-9329.

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