Mrs. Mary G. Turner, age 94 of Roanoke Rapids, NC, peacefully departed this life on Monday, May 14, 2012 in the serenity of her home.
Mary, daughter of the late David and Pearlie Bynum Garris and step-daughter of the late Annie Williams Garris, was born April 22, 1918 in Northampton County, NC.
She received her education through the public schools of Northampton County while attending Buffaloe and Pleasant View Schools, to which the names have been changed over the years.
At the age of 12, she confessed faith in Christ and joined Roanoke Salem Baptist Church. Whenver time permitted, she attended church faithfully until she was no longer able due to fulfilling family duties.
She held fast to her faith and love of the Lord and made sure she always taught her children, grandchildren and anyone else she came in contact with, about the grace of God.
For many years, she was a sharecropper and did domestic work. She loved sewing, making quilts, cooking and spreading the word of God. Her life was her family, taking care of them and making sure they stayed together.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to George Richard Turner and God blessed their union with seven children. Her husband and three children: Emma Jean Deloatch, Joe Garris and James Otis Turner, preceded her in death.
Treasured memories will remain with her loving children: Alice Ann Turner of the home, George Turner, Jr. (Mable), Etterine Cotton and Mildred Patterson (Richer), all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; twenty-one grandchildren, fifty-eight great-grandchildren, twenty-eight great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law: Elise Turner of Smithfield, VA; son-in-law: George Deloatch of Garysburg, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Her motto in life was to love everybody and to the grandchildren. . .be good!
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. from the sanctuary of Faithful Band Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill, NC with her grandson, Bishop Tony Jones, delivering the eulogy.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The Cofield Family and Staff extends their heartfelt sympathy and continued support to the Turner Family during and after this period of bereavement.