Rev. Ronald Lewis Turner, 83, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, was born on August 30, 1937 and took his heavenly journey September 21, 2020 after a brief illness. Ronnie grew up in the Boyle’s Community near Hartville, Missouri, the fourth of six sons born to Arch and Jewell (Welch) Turner.
Ronnie enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in Korea. Upon returning he married Wilma Crewse on October 10, 1958; this union was blessed with three children, James, Jerry and Carolyn Sue (Susie). He worked several years at Brown Shoe Company and later owned several rental properties.
His mother’s prayers were answered when Ronnie announced his call to ministry. He pastored Union Grove, Cope, Oak Grove, 37 years at Mtn. Grove First General Baptist Church (known as Cornerstone Freewill Baptist now), and Dry Creek-Union Chapel up through his final days. He was a warrior for the Lord most of his life and is leaving behind a legacy.
Ronnie held revivals in several states in the ‘70s and ‘80s; throughout the years, he and Wilma would sing and she played the piano. Before the pandemic, he and his brother Shirley were still attending many area nursing homes to sing and play music; of course, Ronnie always had a few “stories” to share.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Carl, Darrell and Harold; his daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Danny Nungesser; a grandson, Jeremy; three great-grandchildren, Shane (Boyoh) Turner, Joshua Turner and Trinity Martin.
Left to grieve his passing are his wife of 61 years, Wilma of the home; sons, Jimmy Turner and Jerry Turner and wife Kathryn; brothers, Shirley and Herman; 23 grandkids, 35 great-grandkids and four great-great-grandkids; sisters- and brothers-in-law, many nephews and nieces; as well as a host of friends and many souls he led to Christ.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove with Rev. Bill Bales officiating. Interment with full military honors was under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.