Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Reuben Perry Turner

May 22, 1938February 11, 2020

ERNUL – Rev. Reuben “Perry” Turner, 81, went home to be with The Lord on February 11, 2020. He was born May 22, 1938 in Farmville, NC and was the second child of Jasper Perry Turner and Audrey Bishop Turner. Graduated from Plymouth High School where he enjoyed playing in the band and attended East Carolina University. Perry was very talented and enjoyed sharing that talent with others. In addition to painting several portraits, scenes and houses, he also loved restoring and driving his Model A’s and 1969 Ford Pickup. His favorite past time was spending precious time with his family and friends and most importantly, sharing God’s Word. He loved to sing, play his guitar, write songs and poems. Perry was in radio broadcasting for 17 years, Promotions Director of Target Records, spent some time in Nashville, TN, and recorded several records. He had the privilege of directing, producing and acting for many years with Raleigh Theater, Goldsboro Playhouse, New Bern Civic Theater, Repertory Players and Twin Rivers Theater. He proudly served in the National Guard and served as Cub Scout Master of Cub Scout Pack 231. He owned and operated his own Masonry business for 20 years, which gave him and his family the opportunity to be a part of The Lost Colony for ten years. He played five major roles, Simon Fernando, Old Tom, Governor White, Historian and Sir Walter Raleigh. His favorite of course, was Old Tom. Active in Church all his life, Perry has served as Chairman of the Board, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Choir Member and Director, Deacon and Elder. In later years, he became an ordained Minister, attending Barton College and receiving his Bachelor of Christian Science from Christian Bible College and Seminary. Perry had the honor of serving Northview Baptist Christian Church (DOC at the time), Goldsboro for 5 ½ years, Vanceboro Christian Church, Vanceboro for 10 years and First Christian Church, Elizabeth City for 5 ½ years. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ann Hill Smith Turner, daughter, Susan T. Branton, sons, Perry Gray Turner, Sr., Stephen J. Smith and Michael C. Smith (Teresa); grandchildren, Bryan H. Branton, Julie B. Broadway (Jamie), Perry G. Turner, Jr., Brandon J. Smith (Dannielle), Christopher Smith, Tyler Smith (Kelsey), Chelsea Smith and Danielle S. Hawkins (Chris); great-grandchildren, Brooke Branton, Ashli Hitt, Chase Branton, Landon, Lucas, Logan & Layton Turner, Summer Broadway, Ensley Smith, and T. J. Becker; Sister, Jean T. Beasley (Dale), nephew, Hal D. Beasley, Jr. (Sharon) great nephew, Hal D. Beasley, III and numerous cousins. Sadly, in addition to his parents, Perry was preceded in death by his son, Shelton J. Smith, and brother, Henry W. Turner. Thank you to Dr. Ken Wilkins, Dr. Marcus Earle and the staff at New Bern Internal Medicine, CarolinaEast Medical Center, Grantsbrook Rehab & Nursing Center, Kindred at Home, and Community Home Care & Hospice and volunteers. A special thank you to our church families and friends for your loving support and prayers as we traveled through this difficult journey. A very special thank you to Judy and Bobby Ipock, Sarah and Sonny Blackburn, Dicky and Betty Crawford, Rev. Mike and Jennifer Ledbetter, Rev. Danny and Cathy French, Rev. Charlie and Janet Greene, Jerry and Wanda Gaskins, Jay Tyree, Doug Brown and Paul Gaskins for your 24/7 assistance, love, prayers and support. Thank you to each of you for the visits, food, cards and calls. Our journey would have been must more difficult without each one of you and the love and support you provided to our family. Most importantly, thank you for the prayers. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Kitt Swamp Christian Church or the charity of your choice in his memory. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Kitt Swamp Christian Church, 320 Aurora Road, Ernul, on February 22nd at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Danny French and Rev. Charles Greene officiating. Visitation will follow the service and Interment will take place in a private ceremony at the Hill Family Cemetery on a later date.


22 February

A Celebration Of Life

1:00 pm

Kitt Swamp Christian Church


Reuben Perry Turner

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Mable Taylor

February 15, 2020

Ann, Ed and I are so very sorry to hear about Perry. It has been so wonderful to enjoy our friendship these many years at class reunions and at visits to the churches Perry served. Our class reunions will never be the same. He always brought smiles to our faces as he recalled our school days and told us of his many experiences while performing with The Lost Colony. He was a special man. We send our deepest sympathy and love to you at this difficult time.

Mable and Ed Taylor

Barbara Rivenbark

February 15, 2020

Chris and I are so sorry about Mr. Perry. We love you and we will keep you in our prayers. Know he had a hard battle to fight but know he's not suffering anymore. He's sitting at Jesus feet. 🙏💕

Rodney Wilson

February 15, 2020

I remember how happy he and Ann were. Praying for you cousin and for family

Jane Banks

February 15, 2020

Ann and family my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Enjoyed our time together at Hardee’s on Saturday mornings. The friendship we developed was very precious to me. Perry will be greatly missed. Love and prayers. RIP PERRY

Nancy Parker

February 15, 2020

Oh Ann, we are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Much love to you all.

Kathryn Gray

February 15, 2020

Pete and I are saddened by the loss of Perry..he was a blessing to us here in Elizabeth City...we shared many fun times together..we enjoyed our Dairy Queen time..may you find peace in the days ahead..know we care..love and prayers
Pete and kathy

Joyce Frazier

February 15, 2020

Ann and family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. I am sure Perry will be missed by the many who knew and loved him. him. We are here for you if you need anything. Love you.

Max & Marian Dudley

February 15, 2020

So sorry for your and the families loss. Prayers of peace and comfort today and days ahead that only God can give. 🙏

Stephanie Andrade

February 13, 2020

A great man who will truely be missed. I will never forget the peace and happiness he always brought to the family, especially during difficult times. I hope everyone in the family is well and know that you are in my heart and prayers.

Paul & Marie Miller

February 12, 2020

Wonderful memories of Perry and I sitting in his office at FCC Elizabeth City discussing doctrine. Loved him, he and I agreed on everything. And we discussed everything and often went to lunch together.

I remember a funny situation with one of our lady members, Miss Vivian, whose group always went to lunch every Sunday at noon. Perry's sermon ran over and it was about 12:15 and she was in front of Marie and I on our way out of the sanctuary. Miss Vivian was the widow of a retired DOC minister and she told Perry, "My husband was a retired minister and no one ever gets saved after 12 pm." We all cracked up and Perry and I would often laugh about that incident.

Perry was a wonderful person, pastor and especially friend. Will never forget him. He now resides with the King of Kings and Lord or Lords. Welcome home Perry!

Ann, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.