LILBOURN - Harry Turner, 80, died July 9, 2005, at his home in Lilbourn.
Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Portageville to the late William and Dorothy Dowdy Turner, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force serving during World War II. In 1944, he moved to Lilbourn where he managed the Rex Theatre and later worked as a lineman for the Missouri Utilities - Ameren UE for over 30 years until his retirement.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, past commander of the Brown-Twitty American Legion Post 595 where he served on the Color Guard, a member of the Kiwanis Club, a volunteer fireman in Lilbourn and a member of many other civic organizations.
On Jan. 25, 1949, he married Frances Algeron Carner, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Harry Dowdy Turner II of St. Louis and Dr. William Douglas "Bill" Turner of Malden; three grandchildren, Emily Hayes of Madison, Miss., Kyle Turner of Cape Girardeau and Megan Turner of St. Louis; and two great-grandchildren, Payten Robertson of Poplar Bluff and Rob Hayes of Madison.
Five brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ponder Funeral Home in Lilbourn. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Lilbourn with the Rev. Bill Reid, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield with full military honors provided by the Brown-Twitty American Legion Post 595.
Pallbearers will be: Jerry Duncan, Timmy Damback, John Peel, Kyle Turner, Robbie Hayes and James Carner.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Dick Twitty, Tom Womach, Loyd Froman, Grey Johnson, Arnold Simpson, Poodle Wilson and Jim Dambach.
Memorial donations may be made to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
Stoddard County Children's Home Inc.
P.O. Box 164
Dexter, MO 63841
Bootheel Youth Museum
700 N. Douglas St., A
Malden, MO 63863