Mary Jane Turnipseed

November 9, 1957November 12, 2012

Mary Jane Turnipseed, 55 of Fort Smith, passed away Monday, November 12, 2012 in Fort Smith. She was born November 9, 1957 in Fort Smith to Theron and Dorthye McKenzie. She was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She was a 1980 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. She retired from the Van Buren Public Schools System after 28 years where she was the AP History Teacher. Mrs. Turnipseed took a group of her AP Students to D.C. for President Clinton’s Inauguration. She received National Recognition as a Grader for Education Testing Services. She also published a paper on the history of Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her brother Dennis Padilla. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, November 15, 2012 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverend Jerry Jenings, Lorenzo Lee, Stanley Whitmore, and G.L. Hinkle officiating the services. Burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith. She is survived by her husband Stanley Keith Turnipseed of the home; two sons: Stanley Keith Turnipseed, II of Fort Smith and J. Cody Turnipseed and his wife Emily Ann of Fort Smith, her God Daughter: Jordan Rae Garcia of Van Buren, her parents Theron and Dorthye McKenzie, and her mother-in-law, Donna Turnipseed of Fort Smith. Pallbearers will be Billy Joe Releford, Billy Smith and Ushers of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will by James Jones, Robert Shepherd, Leonard Williams, and Nathan Earp. Family will receive friends at their home 601 May Avenue, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 14th. Memorials may be sent to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church 4502 Young Street Ft. Smith, AR 72904.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Susie Besancon

November 30, 2012

I have been out of town for the past month and was shocked to hear of Janie's passing. We shared many happy years together at VBHS during the eighties. She was a great friend, teacher, wife, and mom. I am so sorry for you loss. My prayers are with the family for the days to come.

Sarah Hayes

November 22, 2012

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Mrs. Turnipseed. She was my American History teacher in 1990. She was one of my most favorite teachers of all and I think of her often. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Connie Christiansen

November 18, 2012

Stan, so sorry to hear about and the boys are in our prayers.
Patrick and Connie (Kincannon) Christiansen

John French

November 17, 2012

Stan, Keith, and Cody: I am so sorry for your loss. Janie was a super lady and will always live in my heart as she has touched my soul as she has so many others. I will never forget her deep Arkansas accent that you probably don't even realize until you move away from Arkansas. I'll see you guys the next time I'm in town. Until then you will be in my prayers. I love you all! Your brother, Frenchy.

Tommy Shaver

November 16, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at the High School with Mrs. Turnipseed and know that she was a very special person. She will always live on in your heart! God Bless!!!

Michelle Machen

November 16, 2012

I always loved Mrs. Turnipseed! She made AP History so much fun! She was always so happy and so friendly...always a smile for everyone!

Tracie Carr-Ward

November 16, 2012

Mrs. Turnipseed was my favorite teacher at VBHS!! She is part of the reason I am a history teacher today! She had a passion for teaching and her students! She will be missed! Prayers for her family! Class of 1995

Lynn Healy

November 16, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

November 15, 2012

Stan, I am so sorry to hear about your wife. I don't think I ever met her, but I know Mom spoke highly of her. You and your family will be in my prayers. Kelly Duke (Levering ) Bristol, Tn

November 15, 2012

I was so sorry to read about your loss of
Janie. She was a good woman, teacher, mother, wife and friend. She was always nice to me and helpful in teaching AP and grading for ETS. I know she will be missed. You all have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Becky Rickman