MILTON EDWARD TURNER SR. 08/14/1949 – 12/15/2019
Milton Edward Turner, Sr. was born August 14, 1948 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to the late Michael Edward Turner, Sr. and Alma Lucille White. Milton was the third born child of this union.
Milton moved to Tacoma, Washington from Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his family in 1965. He attended McCarver Junior High and Stadium High Schools where he graduated in 1969. Milton ran the 440 relay on the Stadium track team, and played on the high school basketball team as well. Baptized in Winston-Salem as a young boy, Milton has always acknowledged God as the head of his life and in his later years, he grew closer to his Lord and savior and accepted him into his heart. In his latter days, it became difficult to be mobile, but that didn’t stop Milton from streaming the gospel into his home on Sunday mornings via television. Milton loved good heartfelt gospel music and a good sound message from the Lord.
Milton met and married his Junior high school sweetheart, Lorraine Sims (Sylvester) in July, 1969. To this union two sons were born; Milton Edward Turner, Jr. and Donnell Lamont Turner. Milton later met and married his loving and devoted wife Tami Armitage. Milton worked as an over the road, long haul truck driver for more than 10 years and later as a forklift operator for Arclin Manufacturing Company where he was medically retired due to his failing health. Milton enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid gun enthusiast.
Milton is preceded in death by his parents; Michael Edward Turner, Sr. and Alma Lucille Wright; and his older brother Michael Edward Turner, Jr. He leaves to mourn his passing; his wife Tami, 3 sons Anthony Kenner, Milton E. Turner, Jr. (grandchildren: Aranessa Lorraine Cardona (Jonathan) and Adam Turner), Donnell L.Turner (granddaughter: Whitney Marie Mayo (Zachariah) and 3 great-grand children: Myles, Norah, and Caidyn); two sisters, Carol Ford (William), and Jacqueline Clark, and one brother; Walter (Barbara). Milton also leaves; 2 aunts, Dolly Gibson of Clinton, MD. and Allean Banner (Vester) of Winston-Salem, NC., and a host of other grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with his nieces, nephews and cousins.
Milton was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed all of his children and their accomplishments. He had a spirit that would light up a room and touched the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Today we grieve his passing but tomorrow we rejoice in the memories we gathered by knowing him.
“Goodnight my love, my dad, my brother, my grandpa, my uncle, my cousin, my friend… see you when I get there.”
Homegoing service will be Saturday 12/21 at Greater Christ Temple Church 1926 G St. Tacoma. 98405
Viewing – 10:00am
Funeral Services – 11am
New Tacoma Cemetery for Interment – 9212 Chambers Creek Rd. W. Tacoma. 98467
Repass at Greater Christ Temple Church Social Hall