Andy Turner, 79, formerly of Richmond, Missouri, died November 22, 2010 at his daughter’s home in St. Louis, Missouri.
Andy was born in March 4, 1931, in Cabool, Missouri, the fifth of eight children of Tom Turner and Olive Johnston Turner.
He served his country in the Navy from 1950-1954. He married Freeda Wimberley in 1954. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1958.
He moved his family to Richmond in 1964 to become the manager of the IGA Foodliner. The store flourished; he became the owner and built a new modern supermarket. After selling the store in 1975, he managed Harold’s Supermarket in Carrollton, Missouri, then returned to Richmond to run the Front Porch. Eventually he opened the Mushroom Patch, giving Richmond another successful family restaurant. During his years in business, he was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and was chair of the deacons at First Baptist Church.
Andy was well loved for his friendly manner and his readiness with a joke for every occasion. His affable nature made him popular as an emcee for church and community functions, and every event began with an original humorous poem.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Freeda; and his brother, Donald Turner.
He was dearly loved and is already missed by his children, Debbie, Becky, Tom, Judy, Windy and David; his 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Bill Turner, Betty Turner, Pete Turner, Jeri Timmerman, Mary Ann Hutcheson and Sue Smyth.
During this season of love and thankfulness, the family suggests that Andy’s life be celebrated by passing on his spirit of open generosity, with a smile on one’s face and laughter in one’s heart.
A private memorial service and interment will be held at Richmond Memorial Gardens at a later date.