Butch Turner

Published 3:56 pm Thursday, July 25, 2019

FRANKLIN — Ronald Wayne “Butch” Turner, 68, passed away on July 24, 2019, in Southampton Memorial Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Butch Turner

A lifelong resident of Franklin, he was a son of the late James Henry Turner Jr. and Elizabeth Wade Turner, and was also predeceased by his wife, Victoria Jenkins “Vickie” Turner.

Butch grew up in the Franklin Baptist Church and was a 1969 graduate of Franklin High School. He attended Mars Hill College on a football scholarship and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.

He was a retired athletic specialist with Franklin Parks and Recreation Department after 40 years of service and was instrumental in the development of many young people in the Franklin community. Butch had also been an assistant football coach at Franklin, Smithfield, Lakeland, Nansemond River and Deep Creek high schools.

In 2019, Butch received the “Legends Award” from the Down the Middle Foundation for his longtime community service through athletics for Franklin youth.

Left to cherish his memory are three daughters, Stephanie A. Edwards (Bobby), Kimberly L. Turner (Jamie Johnson) and Kandace “Kandi” Turner (Joe Bryant); two brothers, Stephen B. Turner and Bruce W. Turner (Lisa); and three grandchildren, Robert Hunter Edwards, Ethan James Phelps and Rowan Elizabeth Bryant.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, in Wright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the New Annex of Poplar Spring Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Butch’s special caregivers, Diane and Tykeko, and suggests that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.