Obituary for Joe P. Turner

HOWE – Joe P. Turner, 82, of Howe was born Sept. 17, 1939 in Monroe to William Edgar and Emma Grace (Brown) Turner and passed away May 20, 2022 in Howe.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Springhill Baptist Church with Rick Snyder and Brother Larry Stacy officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Joe was a life-long resident of area and a member of the Springhill Baptist Church. In his younger years, Joe rode horses, worked 12 years for Glen Key Ranch as a foreman, and also worked as a tractor mechanic for Riley Smith for several years. During all that time he was a rancher. Joe retired as a Security Guard for Jim Hamilton Correctional Facility after 21 years. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also loved hunting, fishing and ranching. He was a veteran, where he served his country for 14 years in the Army National Guard.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Loretta (Haney) Turner, of the home; two sons Ronald D. Turner and wife Teresa of Oronogo, Missouri and Steve A. Turner of Howe; three grandchildren

Jennifer and Josh Short of Asbury, Missouri, Jamie and Collin Howard of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Abbyjo Kay Turner of Howe; four great-grandchildren Justus Short, Jacob Short, Hudson Howard and Harper Howard; one brother-in-law, Clarence Haney; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents William Edgar and Grace Turner; brother, W.E. “Bill” Turner, Jr.; and two sisters Hazil Evans and DeLoss Turner.

Pallbearers are G.W. Evans, Ronnie Benifield, Paton Evans, Tre Evans, Jack Baker and Don Barnes. Honorary pallbearer are John Wilson and Roy Culley.

Viewing is from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until noon Thursday. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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