The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 29, 2014

Joe R. Turner

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joe Ray "PaPa" Joe Turner, age 80, of Joplin, passed away at 4:50 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 23, 1933, in Joplin, he was the son of the late Joe and Vinita Stephens Turner and lived in the area his lifetime. Joe retired from Eagle-Picher Industries with 27 years of service. He was also an auctioneer for eight years and operated a booth at Joplin Flea Market for several years. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time trout fishing with his family.

He married Betty Lee Bennett in 1952 in Miami, Okla. They later divorced. In 1969, he married Mary Hancock. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include four sons, Ricky Joe Turner and wife, Terry, of Joplin, Danny Turner, of Baxter Springs, Kan., Timmy Turner and wife, Donna, of Walnut Grove, Mo., and Joe Turner and wife, Vicki, of Carterville, Mo.; a daughter, Mardisa Rich and husband, Jerry, of Joplin; stepdaughter, Mary Johnson and husband, Larry, of Joplin; two stepsons; his brother, Larry Steven Turner and wife, Patricia, of Corpus Christi, Texas; his sister, Martha Kurtz and husband, James, of Joplin; 15 grandchildren 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Chapel with sons, Tim and Joe Turner officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary.

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