Willie Mae Turner

Published 8:34 pm Friday, March 13, 2020

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Willie Mae Turner age 81 of Troy died Monday, March 9, 2020 at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery.

She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved all of the kids at Hephzibah Baptist Church. She was a devoted nursery worker and taught Wednesday night class at the church.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 Noon at Hephzibah Baptist church with Reverend Greg Aman and Reverend Rick Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Hephzibah Cemetery.

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Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Her survivors include  her husband of 64 years, James Turner of Troy, her daughters, Debbie Turner Rhodes (Charles) of Troy, Sue Turner (Kevin Swanson) of Selma AL, her grandchildren,  Brent (Ashley) Rhodes , Christopher (Jenn) Rhodes and Dylan (Sarah) Smith, her great grandchildren, Carter Rhodes, Ella Rhodes, Turner Rhodes and Gavin Smith, her brothers, Paul (Beth) Watkins and David (Robbie) Watkins and her sister Louise (Larry ) Gardner, half -sister, Julia Waltman,  also numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Turner, Blake Turner, Bill Watkins, Johnston Watkins, Behrens Watkins and Clayton Rhodes.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Hephzibah Baptist Church. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil Watkins and Esther Bullock Watkins. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Carolyn Shehee, W.C. Watkins, Joel Watkins and Ann Johnson, a nephew, Jeff Watkins and a great niece Haley Flowers. The family would like to say a special thank you to the physicians, nurses and staff of Jackson Hospital for the excellent cared they received during her illness. In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to the Hephzibah Baptist Church Cemetery Perpetual Fund, 2701 Henderson Highway, Troy, AL 36079. The staff of Green Hills is honored to serve the Turner family.