OKOLONA – Funeral services for Myrna Loy Raspberry Turner will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Greater New Prospect Church in Nettleton. The Rev. Leon Griffin will officiate. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Turner was born April 21, 1936, in Monroe County to Earl Adams Raspberry and Eldora Tucker Raspberry. She attended school at Wren and Okolona Industrial School. She was a graduate of Alcorn College with a bachelor’s degree in business education. While at Alcorn, she pledged Delta Sigma Sorority and met her future husband, Charles Turner. Most of her career was involved in educating children, working at Jackson State College, Brookhaven Public Schools and Raspberry Child Development Center. She founded the Lydia Davis Wren Child Development Center, which she served as director for several years. Later she taught in the Franklin County School System and Aberdeen Public School, where she retired.
She taught Sunday School and directed the youth department at Blackwood Grove and was a member of the Women’s Mission Group at Greater New Prospect and New Hope Baptist Church of Clinton. Active in the community, she was a charter, lifetime member of the Wren Section of the NCNW and served as state president of the Mississippi chapter of the NCNW. A lifelong Democrat, she was appointed to the President’s Council on Aging by a former Mississippi governor.
She had a deep love of poetry and sponsored a nationwide poetry contest. She published an anthology of poems and, along with her daughter, Carolyn, wrote a fictional account of the origins of many of many devotional songs. The book, “That’s
All Right, Right All Right,” was featured at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, at libraries and at book stores.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Jemille Turner; two sisters, Willie Mae (Jane) Griffin and Earlyne Raspberry; one aunt, Willie T. Raspberry; cousins; and two special friends, Carolyn Reed and Mozella Tucker Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.