Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
The family kindly asks for support in the form of calls and prayers at this time considering our current state. This includes no visits, flowers, or food.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates to limit the number of attendees at all services at this time. We are limiting the number of attendees to no more than 10 at the funeral home chapel services and graveside services. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
Benjamin Turner was born January 24, 1957 to the parents of the late Mr. Elzie Turner, Sr., and the late Mrs. Eldora Thomas Turner in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was educated in the public school system of Macon County where he was the salutatorian of the Historic D. F. Douglass High School Class of 1975. He was preceded in death by three siblings, Ernestine, Anthony and Jacqueline and a nephew Carlos Tookes.
Ben received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He was one of Georgia Bulldogs' biggest fans. He was a Veteran in the United States Army where he had his Basic Training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Benjamin attended the Military Police Corps Army Post in Fort McClellan, Alabama. He was a Military Police Officer and he had a tour of duty in Yongsan Army Base, in Seoul, South Korea. Ben was very ambitious, owning several rental properties in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. He was employed with the United State Postal Service, retiring after 35 years of service. He worked at North Ridge-Dunwoody and Howell Mill Post Offices. He was a member of National Association of Letter Carriers where he served as Union Shop Steward. He also was a member of the VFW and AARP. Ben was a loving, kind and a generous person.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories to his siblings Elzie Turner, Jr., Jonesboro, Georgia, Alvin Turner, Smyrna, Georgia, Curtis Turner, Montezuma, Georgia, Oliver Turner Sr., Savannah, Georgia, Michael Turner, Atlanta, Georgia, Essie Lyles, Americus, Georgia, Lula Tookes, Montezuma, Georgia, Lois Jackson (Kelvin) Monticello, Georgia, Melvin Turner (Tangela), Charles Turner, Sr (Ingrid), all of Macon, Georgia, Angela Wells, Montezuma, Georgia, and Brenda Marshall (Willie), Warner Robins, Georgia; nieces and nephews, April Turner Bearden (Trawn), Oliver Turner, Jr., Angelia Turner, Eddie Walker (Dana), Marcus Walker, Custer Tookes, Jr., Cortez Tookes (K’Andre), Michael Turner, Jr., Landon Turner, Charles Turner, Jr., Jason Charles Turner, Ashley Turner, Adrin Wells, PaDesha Camp, Pasteur Camp III, and Jackie Ellison; sister-in-law, Ruthie Whitfield; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends, including two of his best friends Curtis Lynn Journey and Karl Gray.