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Helen James Turner

September 2, 1935 — November 16, 2021

Helen James Turner

Helen James Turner entered into Heaven on November 16, 2021 at Miona Geriatric and Dementia Center in Ideal, Georgia. Services will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ideal Baptist Church with Rev. Sidney Clay, Rev. Rickey Rushing and Mr. Jason Tarrer officiating. Serving as pall bearers will be Joey Turner, Kyle Turner, Scotty Tarrer, Ken Fowler, Rodney Fowler, and Dr. Brock Simmons. Mrs. Patsy Newberry and Mr. Bruce Fisher will serve as musicians. Visitation will be held Friday, November 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 pm. at Way-Watson Funeral Home in Ellaville, Georgia.

“Miss” Helen, as she was affectionately known, was born to her parents, Lester B. James and Rosa Mae Bray James Bowling at their home in Ideal, Georgia on September 2, 1935. Helen was a 1953 graduate of Oglethorpe High School where she was an honor graduate and was voted “Most Dependable” in her class. She attended the Georgia Business School in Macon before marrying Larry Lee Turner, Sr. on December 24, 1954. She was the secretary to the late Honorable Judge William F. Blanks before the birth of her first child. She was a stay at home mother until her children reached school age. She then became the secretary at Southland Academy’s Montezuma branch where she worked for 32 years before retiring. She was a faithful member of the Ideal Baptist Church where she served in many capacities. Helen also sang in the choir and served as the church pianist for many years. “Miss” Helen was preceded in death by her parents Rosa Mae Bray James Bowling and Lester B. James, her husband Larry Lee Turner, Sr., her son Leslie Kent Turner, her step-father Thomas Curtis Bowling, her sister Anne James Collins, her special friend Donald Allen Massey, her niece Janet Denise Collins and her nephews, Joe Lynn Turner, Sr., Dudley Carroll Turner, and Stephen Gregg Collins.

She is survived by her children Lee and Cathy Turner of Ellaville, GA and Lauren Turner of Bainbridge, GA; her grandchildren Alicia Turner of Columbus, GA and Liana Turner of Richmond Hill, GA; her great-grandchild, Chandler Catherine Enfinger of Richmond Hill, GA; She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Tanya Rogers of Macon, GA, John and Kay Turner, Charlene Turner, and Dennis Turner all of Ideal, GA. Also surviving her are her grand nieces and nephews Amanda and JJ Pankey of Valdosta, Joey and Mary Margaret Turner of Marietta, GA, Carrie and Robbie Jordan of Oglethorpe, GA, Katie Turner of Murfreesboro, TN, and Kyle Turner of Americus, GA; and her great-grand nieces and nephews John Walker Pankey, Mason, Peyton ,and Lydia Turner, Avery and Alivia Turner, and Hunter and Carlee Jordan as well as many cousins and her special friend & caregiver, Jeanette Warren.

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Past Services


Friday, November 19, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Way-Watson Funeral Home- Ellaville

Ellaville, GA

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Funeral Service

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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