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06/01/14 and 08/16/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Ronnie Turner

 Ronald Whitfield Turner
(d. 30 May 2014)

Newport News High School Class of 19__

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.     Ronnie Turner, Class of 19__, passed away in Newport News on Friday, May 30, 2014.  He was the brother of Jimmy Turner (56) of NC and Phil Turner ('60) of Northern VA, and of the late Sandra "Sissy" Jane Turner Grohowski.

From the Daily Press - 06/01/14:

                        Ronald Whitfield Turner
      NEWPORT NEWS - Ronald Whitfield Turner passed away peacefully on May 30, 2014, with the comfort of a long time family friend, Laura Burroughs, at his side to calm and soothe him during his transition.

RW, as he was affectionately known by his close friends, enjoyed an active and colorful life that he lived to the beat of his own drum. He was a lifelong resident of Newport News, VA.

He took pride in staying in excellent physical condition, and was a great athlete throughout his life. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle, or just jump on his ten speed and ride for hours. He could often be found hitting golf balls in the various fields around Newport News. He was a staple at Mike's Place during the years it was owned by one of his best friends of 58 years, Mike O'Neil. During the summer months, he could be found on a beach relaxing and working on a bronzing tan to further enhance his beautiful blue eyes. RW had a number of close friends whom he considered family. The one word they collectively use to describe him is, loyal.

That loyalty extended to how he cared for his mother and father, Eva Mae Peach Turner and Compton Wise Turner, who both preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Sandra "Sissy" Jane Turner Grohowski.

RW Turner

RW is survived by his two brothers, James Turner (Belvie) of North Carolina and Phillip Turner (Mary) of Northern VA. He had eight nieces and one nephew and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

RW also leaves behind his daughter, Traci Lynn Turner, a native of Newport News who resides in Laguna Beach, CA. Traci and her dad shared a special bond that was woven with loyalty, love and honest conversations.

In addition to his daughter, RW leaves behind his beloved dog, Amber. It gave him great peace knowing Amber has a loving forever home with Laura and her family. Special thanks go to Beth Widemaier, RN of the Palliative Care Unit at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Beth's guidance and compassion provided unparalleled comfort and support during his end of life transition.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date following an inurnment at Peninsula Memorial Park officiated by Clarence Hilling. Donations to the Peninsula SPCA are requested in lieu of flowers. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on June 1, 2014.
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June 01, 2014

It was a true honor to provide any comfort I could, you gave me comfort at the same time. You taught me that no amount of time or distance changes the imprints one has on the heart. Your incredible strength inspired me to be strong. Amber has brought to my family a healing I wasn't sure existed. She is a treasured gift as well as your love and acceptance was. May you rest in peace knowing you gave many love in the end that will endure the rest of our lives.
Traci may you hold dear in your heart the good times and the blessings you and your dad shared. I hope those times can bring you as much peace as I saw them bring to him. Lots of love to you. Laura, Amber, Bayden, Indy and Mack

~ Laura Burroughs, Hampton, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Turner family and their friends at this difficult time.

  From Karrin Williams Frankie (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 06/02/14 - "  RONNIE TURNER":

Just saw in Monday’s paper that Ronnie Turner died.  I use to run into him at local open air market and he always looked the same.  Know he was our “paper boy” for many years...

I know he was a NNHS grad but not sure what year, maybe ’58 since I think Phil was ’60.  Know Sandra and Jimmy were older.

   Thank you so much, Karrin. I never was able to determine Ronnie's class; 1958 would seem to be a good choice as Jimmy was in the Class of 1956, but I was unable to verify that. You have my sympathies on the loss of your friend.

From the Daily Press - 08/16/14:

                        Ronald W. Turner
      NEWPORT NEWS - Jimmy and Phil Turner, surviving siblings of Ronnie, want to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following very close friends of Ronnie: Mike O'Neil, Sammy Ayer, Joe Stallute, R.J. Smith, and Phil Dowding.

You guys were there for Ronnie through thick and thin. He always knew he could count on you. Both Jimmy and I can't thank you enough for what you guys did for our brother. This was very evident at the celebration party held at Mike's restaurant. Ronnie would have been very proud, whether he was looking up or looking down, if you get my jest.

To Sandy Turner Shaal - we cannot put into words what you did for our brother; you were always there to watch over and take care of him - God bless you!

To Clarence Hilling - thank you for providing support and comfort to Ronnie and our family during these trying times.

To Marilyn - thank you for caring so deeply for Ronnie.

To Laura Burroughs - thank you for being there for Ronnie and his beloved dog Amber.

Ronnie - we will all miss you.

Ronnie Turner
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Published in the Daily Press on August 16, 2014.
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August 16, 2014

Sandy spent countless hours with her uncle Ronnie to make sure he got the best care possible. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

~ Kelly Cooper, Gloucester, Virginia

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of  - 06/19/07

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Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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