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Lutricia Turner

June 28, 1941 October 15, 2020
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Lutricia Turner was the second eldest child born to Coline Jones Thompson and Ernest Thompson on June 28, 1941. She transitioned to eternal rest peacefully surrounded by her family at sunrise on October 15, 2020. Lutricia was raised and educated in the Panther Branch Community. She joined Juniper Level Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained a member until the late 1980s. She became a member of Springfield Baptist Church after her children joined and remained an active and faithful member until her health declined.

Lutricia married James L. Turner, Sr. and the two of them raised five children in the Garner area. Lutricia was a self-employed cosmetologist while raising her family. She also performed the administrative duties for her husband in their construction business, Turner Backhoe Services.

When they built their family home on Jones Sausage Road, Lutricia had a beauty salon built in part of the basement. She was “the hairdresser” for many in the Garner and Auburn community. Many of her children’s first friendships resulted from the fact that a lot of her clients brought their children along when they came to get their hair done. The bonds created at “Trisha’s Beauty Shop” are still as strong and meaningful as ever.

In the mid-1970s Lutricia began working for the State of North Carolina as a Correctional Officer for the Women’s Prison. She eventually became an extradition officer and traveled all over the United States returning escaped prisoners back to North Carolina or transporting inmates for court appearances or other matters. She retired from the State in 1995.

Lutricia not only loved her children but loved all children. The Turner house was the gathering spot for neighborhood children, cousins and friends. Lutricia’s love for children was evidenced by her becoming one of the first black “Grade Mothers” at Garner Elementary school when desegregation ended in Wake County. She volunteered at the school for events, field trips, as a substitute teacher and always on picture day. She brought her own supplies to make sure that all the brown girls’ hair was “tight and right” and the brown boys’ hair was brushed and oiled for their school pictures.

Lutricia believed in exposing children to new activities and places. She took her children and others to many of the government buildings in downtown Raleigh on Sunday afternoons. She wanted them to see where laws were passed, and government happened. She and James took their children and many other children and young people to Kerr Lake on the weekends. She enjoyed camping, swimming and driving the boat while pulling multiple water skiers simultaneously.

After being diagnosed with diabetes, Lutricia began to volunteer with Project Direct. She attended health fairs at churches and other events on behalf of Project Direct educating the public about diabetes. She also volunteered with Heartland Hospice providing respite care for families whose loved ones were under hospice care. It was fitting that Heartland Hospice cared for Lutricia as she transitioned to her heavenly home.

Lutricia always had a heart for serving others. She was active at Springfield Baptist Church serving many years on the food committee. She could often be heard in the congregation before being seen, because she encouraged the preacher with her resounding “Hallelujahs” and “Tell it!”

Lutricia is survived by her five children: James L. Turner, Jr. (Donaphine), Jarvis L. Turner (Harriett), Melvin J. Turner (Teresa), Phyllis Turner (Leslie), and Paulette Turner; grandchildren: Shaun Turner (Toya), Jansen Mitchell (Jenneth), Paige Turner, Keith Turner, James L. Turner, III, Darius Turner and Briana Turner; great-grandchildren: Melanie, Miranda, Leila, Cameron, Lance, Aliyah, and James IV; siblings Ernestine Crowder and Wayne Thompson (Faye). Special daughter June Hyatt and Special Granddaughter, Shaniya Williams; she is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Turner Family thanks the following for the love shown in caring for our parents: Hope Goddard, Barbara Wilson, Cora Wilson, Judith Gulley, Hannah Gulley-Moore and Patricia Council.

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