Charles Denver Turner, 63, was promoted to Heaven on Monday, September 20, 2021 just before dawn. He was surrounded by his family, his wife and twin daughters held his hands, as he went Home to be with Jesus.
Chuck, as he was known by family, was born at King’s Daughters Hospital on December 23, 1957. He was the third out of five children born to Charles Edward Turner and Eleanor Rose Mize Turner Jefferson. He was the only son, and raised smack dab in the middle of 4 sisters. He lived his earliest years on Long Street, in downtown Ashland, KY. Until the family of 7 would eventually build a homestead on Wells St. in Cattletsburg, KY.
Most of his childhood and adolescent years were spent exploring his Appalachian Mountain backyard. He was very athletic and played every sport available, attended sports camps and went on fishing and hunting trips with his dad. Chuck and his four sisters were raised in the Twin Fork Church of the Nazarene. Not only did his family attend regular Sunday morning Church services but you could find the Turner Kids sprawled out across the pews, bibles as pillows, on any night of the week especially during revivals.
Chuck often referred to himself as a proud Hillbilly and always boasted about his southern roots. He would tell stories of his adventures and memories with his sisters and friends from Hatcher Elementary through Boyd County High School. Every summer break, the family would get together to visit Grandmas and Grandpas and extended family for annual reunions in and around Grannis, AR. where both his parents families were from.
After high school, he moved west to Salt Lake City, to be near and help out his oldest sister and her young family. This first move westward was the beginning of a life long love of road trips across the USA. It is also where his career in the hotel/hospitality industry began. Throughout the next seasons of his work life, although not classically trained, he held positions in fine dining, pastry shops and gourmet grocery stores between Dallas, LA, Seattle and Philadelphia.
In March of 1984, Chuck began his family in Ft. Worth, (Bedford) Texas. And 22 years later, in Oct. of 2006, his sixth and youngest child was born in Seattle, WA. Chuck was able to watch his four older children grow up into adulthood and have families of their own. In his latter years, he taught the youngest two; Jesus always comes first. He showed them how to bake the best homemade biscuits, make and decorate cakes, prepare a Pacific Northwest seafood feast, skip rocks along the Delaware River and bait a hook.
You didn’t have to be around him long to see or hear his heart. He was a gentle, kind and generous man. Yet fiercely protective and loyal. He was an extremely hard worker and rarely allowed himself time to rest. He cherished his family, was completely dedicated and in love with his wife, and with each one of his children and grandchildren.
Chuck held each of his family members in the highest esteem. He was a faithful son and brother and was a role model in honoring his parents. In the last eight weeks of his father’s life, Chuck was by his bedside. He stayed with him every night, keeping him company and comfortable, not wanting his dad to ever feel scared or alone. And after years of little to no vacations, this past Memorial Day weekend, Chuck took his family on, what would turn out to be, his last road trip, down to Arkansas to see his mom and sisters. It was his main focus since the onset of the worldwide pandemic to get to visit with his mom, face to face. He wanted to kiss her on the top of her head, pat her on the back, hold her hand and just talk, reminiscing of years passed and dreaming of years to come.
Charles Denver Turner was a friend to all who knew him and to every living creature on God’s beautiful earth. He had several favorite outdoor spots where he would feed the neighborhood squirrels, ducks, geese and turtles. The back of his car always had his fishing pole, tackle box, a bag of cracked corn and a bag of gourmet nuts.
His work ethic, his tenacity, his generous servants heart and his complete dependence on his faith in Jesus, sustained him through many trials and victories in life. He is greatly and unconditionally loved and his daily presence here on earth will be tremendously missed.
Along with his wife, Kimberly, and his mother, Eleanor Rose Mize Turner Jefferson, Charles is survived by six children, Sean C. Turner (Laura), Ryan J. Turner (Jennifer), Lindsay A. Yepez, Kristian N. Easter (Corey), MacKenzie E. Turner, and Maegan R. Turner; eight grandchildren, Quincy, Emily, Ethan, Brianna, Addison, Reese, AJ, and Emma; four sisters, Kathy Turner, Suzanne Turner-Smallwood, Sherri Turner-McGranahan, and Lisa Turner; the mother of his four oldest children, Lesley Turner; two sisters-in-law, Mary Wood and Amanda Miller (Rick); mother-in-law, Lois Wood; stepmother, Janet Turner; stepbrother, Lonnie Meadows. 7 nieces, 5 nephews, 5 great nieces, 9 great nephews, 1 great, great nephew and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Chuck was preceded in death by his Father, Charles Edward Turner; father-in-law, Bruce Wood; and one nephew, Carl Jason Wells.
Pastor Reggie Fryar will be officiating a memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Charles Denver Turner on Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10am at the Cove Revival Center Church at 299 Polk Road 288, Cove, Arkansas 71937. Interment in Grannis, Arkansas at the Grannis Cemetery.
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