For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. – II Timothy 4:6–8
Willie Joe Turner was born January 14, 1989, in Monroe, Louisiana, at Conway Hospital. He was raised in Tallulah, Louisiana, by his proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Marilyn Turner. He was the youngest of five children. Willie accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age by his father, Pastor Turner at Palestine M. B. Church. Afterward, he united at Evening Star #1 M.B. Church, pastored by his father, Pastor Willie Turner. He graduated from Madison High School in 2007. He served as a Correctional Officer for several years at Madison Correctional prior to marrying and relocating to Monroe, Louisiana.
On October 24, 2015, he married Karen Rogers-Turner. With this matrimony he gained two children, MaKenzie Bosworth and Corey Kyles. On December 20, 2017, his first and only biological child was born, Lillie Ava Turner, whom he named after his late grandmother, Ms. Lillie Batchelor.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Willie Joe Turner, Jr., grandmother, Lillie Batchelor, aunts, Ruby Lee Miller and Carrie Mae Turner, and uncle, Howard Batchelor.
Willie leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Karen Rogers-Turner; daughters, Lillie Ava Turner and MaKenzie Bosworth; son, Corey Kyles (Monroe, LA); father, Pastor Willie Joe Turner III; mother, Marilyn Batchelor Turner; grandmother, Essie Lee Haney (Tallulah, LA); sisters, Fhesa Jones (Kelvingston Jr.) (Lake Charles, LA) and Sherri Renee Turner (Las Vegas, NV); brothers, Victor Allen (Ft. Worth, TX) and Joey Anderson (Geismar, LA); aunts, Nellie Mae James and Mary Sanders (Antonio); uncles, Herman (Tamesha) Sims, LZ Miller and Henry Batchelor (Tallulah, LA); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends.
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