SIKESTON - James Bryan Turner, 79, died at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 9, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born June 5, 1923, in Sikeston, son of the late Claude B. and Bess Darrell Turner, he was a graduate of Sikeston High School and attended Central College at Fayette and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. During World War II, he served in communications as a teletype operator and mechanic with the 401st Bomb Group in England. Before retiring, he had been employed by the Missouri Highway Department, was a mechanics teacher at Sikeston High School for 25 years and worked for Homestead Distributing Company for 17 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Retired Teachers Association and served as an elder in the First Christian Church in Sikeston.
On Aug. 4, 1943, he married Colleen Rayburn who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Jo and Pat Wallace and Nancy Ann and Dennis Gorden of Katy, Texas; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Jo Ann and David Palmer of Lexington, Ky., and Marvin Rayburn of Overland Park, Kan.; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Katherine Denise Gorden.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Sikeston with Dr. Allen Shriver, pastor, officiating.
Full military graveside honors will be conducted at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Pat Wallace, Dennis Gorden, Mike Kinneman, David Palmer, Walt Palmer and Craig Hahs.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Castor Alsup, William Hahs, Windy Blackman, Homer Trigg and Bill Taylor.
Memorial contributions may be sent to"
the First Christian Church 1006 N. Main St. Sikeston, Mo. 63801
to a charity of the donor's choice