Sue Marie Thompson Turner
August 28, 1929 – May 8, 2014
Sue Marie Thompson Turner, 84, of Columbus, GA, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Luke United
Methodist Church with the Reverend Robert Beckum officiating. The family will receive friends
at 10:00 A.M. in St. Luke's Stockwell Hall prior to the service A private interment will be held
at Park Hill Cemetery following the church service.
Mrs. Turner was born on August 28, 1929, in Columbus, the daughter of Dr. John
Barkwell Thompson and Mildred Marie Dykes Thompson. Mrs. Turner was educated in
Columbus schools graduating from Columbus High School. She attended Wesleyan College in
Macon, Georgia. She returned to Columbus to marry, William "Bill" B. Turner, in 1948, who
Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her parents, her son D. Abbott Turner, II, grandson
David Bradley Brown, and great-granddaughter, Gardiner Mae Turner.
Married to her one true love Bill Turner for 65 years, Mrs. Turner was devoted to her
family and being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Known as
"Precious" to her family, she joyously attended hundreds of ball games, dance recitals and
birthday parties. She was a fiercely loyal friend to her beloved bridge group, which would
mobilize in a moment's notice to go to the aid of anyone suffering a loss or tragedy. Precious
always brought laughter and gentle humor to help lighten the day.
According to her children, Mrs. Turner was the center of the family. She and Mr. Turner
modeled a wonderful marriage. She was very strong willed and fiercely committed to teaching
her children and grandchildren right from wrong. Her moral compass was clear and focused on
raising a loving family and being a blessing to others. Mrs. Turner was committed to her faith,
her family and the community. One of her greatest gifts was her ability to make each person she
met feel special, because indeed they were to her.
Mrs. Turner is survived by her husband, William B. "Bill" Turner of Columbus; children Donna Turner
Brown (David) of Atlanta; WilliamBradley "Brad" Turner, Jr. (Sally) of Columbus; Marie Turner Moshell
of Columbus; John Thompson Turner (Amandah) of Columbus; Sarah "Sallie" Turner Martin (John) of
Columbus, and daughter-in-law Cathey Seguin Turner of Columbus. She is also survived by her
grandchildren Cameron Brown Richard (Paul); William McKnight Brown (Alice); John "Jay"
Sterling Brown; William "Bill" Bradley Turner, III (Katherine); Jack Gwaltney Turner (Ashley);
Barbara "Bobsie" Jeanne Turner; Mildred "Millie" Marie Turner; William Turner Moshell, II
(Michele); Lane Moshell Riley (Chandler); Sue Marie Moshell Waddell (Bradley); John
Thompson Turner, Jr.; Joseph Gardiner Turner; Bradley Orion "Rion" Turner; Mary Katherine
"Katie" Martin Krieg (Justin); Elizabeth Dykes Martin; Lulie Martin Wallace (Harrison); John
Catlett Martin, III; William Clark Turner (Lori); Don Abbott "Abb" Turner, III (Kayla); Ashley
Seguin Turner, Brook Delaney Turner, and twenty great-grandchildren. She is also survived by
her brother, Dr. John Daniel Thompson of Chestnut Mountain, GA, and numerous nieces and
The family is grateful to her caregivers for the loving, compassionate care that they gave
Mrs. Turner. Special thanks to Betty Cardin, Eula Davis, Helen Herbert, Gladys Jolly, Kristie
Long, and Anthony Wallace. They also want to give a special thanks to the caring staff of
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to The Food Pantry at St.
Luke United Methodist Church, the Sue Marie Turner Women's Hospital at St. Francis, the
Pastoral Institute, Columbus Hospice or a charity of your choice.