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Malcolm White Turner, Sr.

June 28, 1938 ~ May 28, 2022 (age 83)

Obituary

On Saturday morning, May 28th, 2022, Mac Turner completed his final march in this life at the age of 83 years old. Mac was born and raised in Arlington, VA, son to Malcolm B. Turner and Ruth W. Turner. At the age of 17 years old, he proudly served his country in the Army out of Fort Bragg (LRRP, Rangers, Airborne) then continued his service in the US Army Reserves. During the onset of the Gulf wars, Mac was called upon to help train our state’s National Guard units that were shipped out overseas to assist our troops. In the early 1960’s, Mac left the Army to start a family and became an insurance adjuster. As a result of his insurance background, Mac also worked as a private investigator, mainly assisting companies who suspected insurance fraud. He retired from Horace Mann Claims as a Senior Claims Manager. 

Mac is survived by his wife, Shirley B. Turner and two stepchildren: Michael B. Marshall and DeAnna J. Carson; four children: Renee T. Warren, Malcolm W. Turner Jr., Benjamin S. Turner, and Michael B. Turner from his first wife, Elizabeth L. Hood; and his brothers: Timothy A. Turner and Allen H. Turner; sister-in-law, Pat Turner. 

Mac was a steadfast member of Franklinton Baptist Church (Franklinton, NC), attending every Sunday service he could with Shirley and every Tuesday morning breakfast meeting with church elders. Despite his wicked sense of humor, Mac was a very humble man and extended a helping hand to all around him in their time of need. He firmly believed in the higher calling of service to others. 

As per his last wishes, Mac wanted no public memorial service. 

In lieu of flowers, if moved to do so, the family thinks it’s befitting that donations be made in Mac’s honor to the 82nd Airborne Division Museum located at Fort Bragg (82d Airborne Division Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 70119, Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28307). 

Master Sergeant (E8) Malcolm White Turner, Sr. had one tattoo on his arm with the Airborne open ‘chute and the following:  “This soldier deserves to go to heaven, since he has spent his time in hell.”  AATW (Airborne All the Way).     

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