R. Perry Turner, Jr.

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Richard Perry Turner, Jr., 89, 106 Pine Street Extension, Greer, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Born in Greer on April 7, 1927, he was the son of the late Richard Perry Turner and Annie Turner Kendrick and the stepson of John Oliver Kendrick.

He was a graduate of Greer High School and was a cum laude graduate of Furman University, owner of the R.P. Turner Insurance Agency, and a U.S. Veteran of the SC National Guard. He was a lifelong member of Greer First Baptist Church, where he was a devoted member of the choir for many years.  He was also a former member of the Lions Club.

Known affectionately as “Uncle Perry,” he was an accomplished pianist and composer, writing many songs, including a special song he wrote upon the birth of his grand-niece. 

Perry is survived by his sister, Sylvia Turner Patterson, of Spartanburg; two nephews, Vernon Williams Patterson III, of Spartanburg; and Perry Turner Patterson and his wife, Denise, and their children, Anna Catherine, Perry Turner Jr., and William Thomas, all of Spartanburg.  Survivors also include many special cousins and friends. 

Perry was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Vernon Williams Patterson Jr.

A memorial service will be held at The Wood Mortuary on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. conducted by Dr. Doug Mize.  Following the service, the family will greet friends in the parlor of the mortuary.  A private graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date. 

The family is at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to the Greer First Baptist Church, 202 W. Poinsett St., Greer, SC 29650 or The American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. 

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.


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