Arthur James Turner, Jr., of Dowagiac

Published 8:45 am Friday, November 27, 2015

Arthur James Turner, Jr. (affectionately known as “Jr.” to his family and “Art” to his friends) was born on April 17, 1955 in Hollandale, Mississippi to the union of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur James Turner and Ruthie Lee Russell-Turner. He is survived by his son, Arthur James Turner Jr.(II) also six siblings, Grindal, Lenora, Curtis, Debra, Consuella and Tony. His remaining Aunties included, Katherine Richardson of Rolling Ford, Mississippi, Bobbie Jean Russell, Ruth Ann Jackson and uncle Richard Russell, all of Dowagiac, MI. Also uncles Eugene and Deborah, Bill and Lynn Turner who hail from Mississippi. Arthur was preceded in death by Matriarchs Frances I. Anderson and Carrie Bell-Turner, also an Aunt Frances Washington and two cousins, James Earl and Kenneth Russell. Jr. leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, all of whom adored him. Four stepchildren, Arvin Christopher, Artris, Chauntelle and Sharmia; one godchild, Trina Calloway.

Arthur James Turner, Jr.

Arthur James Turner, Jr.

He was accomplished, having graduated from Dowagiac Union High School and went to on to college, where he entered studies in the field and practice of law in Marquette, MI, until the death of his mother, which propelled him into the role of “Father” to his younger siblings. Selflessly embarking upon his new title, he stepped up, assumed responsibility and did what he needed to do. Jr. had a brilliant mind and propensity for debate which is why he aspired to become an attorney. He possessed a wealth of knowledge and ingenuity. He was capable of building a house, rebuilding an engine, preparing a gourmet meal, carpentry and reupholstery or sewing a wedding gown. His mathematical skills were bar none! His teaching ability was stern and quite strict, but all who had the opportunity to endure a lesson from him would NEVER FORGET, as he ALWAYS left a lasting impression.

Jr. was artistic. He could both sketch and paint. He had a fondness for projects, evident in the forever mounting plumes of sawdust, nails, tools and other paraphernalia that was ever present.

Our beloved Father, brother, uncle and surrogate to many will dwell in our hearts and will be missed dearly and thought of often.

Rest in peace Jr. We love you!

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, the Second Baptist Church, 203 N. Paul Street, Dowagiac, MI 49047. Palmer Funeral Home-West Chapel, South Bend, IN is assisting the family.

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