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Lester W. Turnage, Sr.

July 14, 1955 — February 28, 2023

Funeral services for Mr. Lester Wayne Turnage, Sr. will be conducted at 2:00 PM Thursday afternoon, March 2, 2023, at the Crooked Creek Baptist Church with interment following in the Cliburn Cemetery. The Reverend Micah Rutland will officiate, assisted by Brother Rodney White.  Mr. Turnage, age 68, entered into the eternal rest of his Lord Tuesday morning, February 28, 2023, at his residence in Silver Creek.

The Turnage family will receive friends Thursday beginning at 12:00 Noon until the hour of the service at 2:00 PM.

Serving as Pallbearers are Jacob Gable, Justin Gable, Eric VanSinderen, Jesse Turnage, Joseph Turnage, Donald Gable, Josh Halford and Wayne Turnage, Jr.  Honorary Pallbearers include Hayden Howell, Ricky Sills, Larry Davis, Stan Stephens, Rodney White, Randy Sills, Robert Glenn Cliburn and Ricky Hartzog.

Lester Wayne Turnage, Sr. was born on July 14, 1955 in Jackson, MS to Jesse O. and Dortha Sills Turnage.  After graduating from New Hebron High School, Mr. Turnage attended Copiah Lincoln Jr. College (Co-Lin) where he enrolled in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program.  In addition to owning a flooring company, he also worked in the oil field and also as a truck driver. Blessed with a rich, deep voice, Mr. Turnage will be fondly remembered for his passion for singing; he not only enjoyed singing Bass with the Pearl Quartet, but also enjoyed getting together with his friends and playing his guitar.  Among the other things he enjoyed was watching Westerns, but he especially loved to spend time on the Pearl River, running trot lines and checking nets.  Mr. Turnage was a Mason and also a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church.  

In addition to his parents, Mr. Turnage was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Eric VanSinderen; his sister, Katie Bell Mullins and his father-in-law, Commander John E. Bryan.

His memory will forever be cherished by his daughters, Renada Gable (Donald) and Leslie VanSinderen, both of Silver Creek; his son, Wayne Turnage, Jr. (Betty) of New Hebron; his former wife and beloved best friend, Beth Bryan of New Hebron; his sister, Jessie Marie Stephens of Silver Creek; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Riley Bryan of New Hebron.  The legacy of their Paw-Paw will also live on through his grandchildren; Jacob, Justin, Courtney, Briana (Josh), Eric, Hayden, Hannah, Jesse and Joseph; as well as his great-grandchildren, Harley, Holden and the anxiously awaited baby boy Halford.

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