OBITUARY

William LaVerne Turner

March 10, 1944January 9, 2018

William L. Turner of Columbia, SC, died January 9, 2018 in Columbia, SC. His spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body and has gone to meet his maker. He is survived by his sons; Mike and Scott, their wives Lara and Rebecca, and grandchildren Shea, Ryan, Carson, Branham, and Hadley. He is also survived by his best friend and ex-wife Shirley. He was born in Graniteville, SC on March 10, 1944 to Vera Davis Turner and James William Turner. He graduated from Aiken High School in 1962. Bill went on to attend and graduate from Georgia Tech in March 1970 (Class of 1969) with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. He joined Bethlehem Steel in April 1970. He had a remarkable career in Sales and Marketing for 33 years. After Bethlehem, Bill built homes in Benton, AR and sold real estate in Columbia, SC. All of his remarkable life, he drank too much, barbequed too much, and hated UGA too much. There will be no viewing since his family refused to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand. Instead of flowers, William would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness; or make a donation to Northeast Presbyterian Church or the Georgia Tech Foundation. A memorial service will be held in William’s honor on January 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home Northeast Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 15, 2018

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Marcia Mercer

June 26, 2019

I met Bill many, many years ago when I worked for Bethlehem in their Columbus sales office. He left a great impression on me and have been thinking of him lately so decided to try and get in touch. I was very saddened to see that he had passed. Bill was a wonderful human being and a true southern gentlemen. My condolences to his family. I know he is looking down on you.

Kristen Stevenson Fallon

January 18, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing! I always enjoyed our talks when we were neighbors in Lake Carolina! Bill and I shared a love of dogs and his love for Foster was boundless! Bill will be missed and was one of a kind!

Kristen Stevenson Fallon

January 18, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing! I always enjoyed our talks when we were neighbors in Lake Carolina! Bill and I shared a love of dogs and his love for Foster was boundless! Bill will be missed and was one of a kind!

Super Duck

January 16, 2018

I did not know Bill Turner . . . . but, after reading his obituary, I know I would have liked him. Foster, too. God bless Bill Turner. The world needs more Bill Turners.

Super Duck

January 16, 2018

I did not know Bill Turner . . . . but, after reading his obituary, I know I would have liked him. Foster, too. God bless Bill Turner. The world needs more Bill Turners.

Troy Blalock

January 16, 2018

Bill was a good friend and avid supporter of Georgia Tech. He served with many of us in support of our local club serving on the steering committee for many years.

His kind demeanor, great counsel and wonderful spirit will be missed!

Our thoughts and prays goes out to Bills wonderful family!

Go Jackets!

Troy Blalock

January 16, 2018

Bill was a good friend and avid supporter of Georgia Tech. He served with many of us in support of our local club serving on the steering committee for many years.

His kind demeanor, great counsel and wonderful spirit will be missed!

Our thoughts and prays goes out to Bills wonderful family!

Go Jackets!

Diane Sawyer Harding

January 15, 2018

He was a friend for some 55 years, all through school and I never knew him to not be smiling. An Aiken High School reunion will never be the same. Fly high, Tojo.

Diane Sawyer Harding

January 15, 2018

He was a friend for some 55 years, all through school and I never knew him to not be smiling. An Aiken High School reunion will never be the same. Fly high, Tojo.

Jim and Jackie Kelly

January 15, 2018

We were shocked and saddened to read of Bill's passing. I had seen him just a few days earlier walking his friend Foster. We met Bill when we moved into Lake Carolina 13 years ago. We liked him immediately as he was a no nonsense guy who told you straight what he was thinking. He wasn't concerned whether you liked his opinion or not. It was his opinion so deal with it. He was also a very kind person. Bill will surely be missed in our community. We have lost a few neighbors and all are missed buy none more so than will be Bill. Our most sincere condolences to the family.

FROM THE FAMILY