Celestral S. Turner

Celestral S. Turner

Celestral Sergeon Turner peacefully transitioned from this life at the home of her daughter, Tamera B. Turner, in Hampton, VA, Sunday, May 12, 2019.

She was born Feb. 17, 1933, to the late Augustus “Gus” Sergeon and Estelle Neva Echols.

Celestral was preceded in death by her husband, the late William Burnette Turner, Jr., of Spout Spring, VA.

At an early age, Celestral was baptized and joined North New Hope Baptist Church in Danville, VA, where she remained a faithful member.

Celestral graduated from Danville City Schools. She also graduated from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., in 1955. She taught in Appomattox County for a great number of years, retiring in 1994.

She met and married William B. Turner, Jr., in 1957, and they resided in Spout Spring, VA, for 55 years until his demise.

Celestral joined Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church, where she served diligently as a deaconess, pianist for choirs, the Willing Workers Ministry, Advisor for the Youth Choir, taught piano lessons in her home, Food Committee Chairperson, Vacation Bible School and VA-COOP Ladies Club.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Gwendolyn R. Turner, Appomattox, VA, and Tamera B. Turner, Hampton, VA; a best friend, Mrs. Arnetta West of Knoxville, TN; nieces, Evelyn Marie Wilkins (William H.), Annapolis, MD, Barbara Jordan, Newark, NJ, and Gail Braxton (Ben), Accokeek, MD; nephews, Michael Sergeon, Danville, VA, Wallace Sergeon Jr., Suiltland, MD, Chester Surgeon, Charlotte, NC, and Larry Bullock of Montgomery, AL. Also a niece Kathryn D. Lockett (Dr. Ricky L.); three nephews; Michael L. Turner, Esq. (Annette S.), Philadelphia, PA; Clinton V. Turner, Jr. (Dr. Kara M.), Upper Marlboro, MD; Michael B. Turner, Spout Spring, VA, and a number of other family members and friends.

Celelstral possessed great spiritual characteristics. The prominent attributes reflected that she was a commendable person at home, church and in the community. She was charitable and concerned about those in need. Her spiritual and moral qualities were steadfast because she used her Bible for her guide through life. Prayer took her through travels of life where she received grace, mercy and peace from God. She truly lived the legacy left by her dearly beloved Mother.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. May 18 at Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church in Spout Spring, VA, with the Rev. Albert J. Read as the eulogist.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and deepest gratitude for all acts of kindness shown to them during their bereavement.