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In Memory of

Alvin Eugene TURKETT

August 11, 1940 - June 16, 2017

Obituary


Reverend Alvin E. (Gene) Turkett of Palmetto, GA, formerly of Griffin, GA went home to be with his Lord on June 16, 2017 at the Southwest Christian Care Hospice after a lengthy illness. Rev. Turkett was born on August 13, 1940 to the late Pauline Benson Turkett and Doyle (Tony) Turkett in Cedartown, GA. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and sister Charlotte. He was wed to JoAnn Mitchell Turkett on December 21, 1958 and was married until her death on October 20, 1979.
He is survived by his wife of 36...

Reverend Alvin E. (Gene) Turkett of Palmetto, GA, formerly of Griffin, GA went home to be with his Lord on June 16, 2017 at the Southwest Christian Care Hospice after a lengthy illness. Rev. Turkett was born on August 13, 1940 to the late Pauline Benson Turkett and Doyle (Tony) Turkett in Cedartown, GA. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and sister Charlotte. He was wed to JoAnn Mitchell Turkett on December 21, 1958 and was married until her death on October 20, 1979.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sally Ann Stallings Turkett of Palmetto, GA; daughter, Lisa Turkett Morrison of Lynchburg, VA; son and daughter in law, Byron and April Nixon Turkett of White Pine, Tennessee. He was "G-Dad" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren which include grandchildren, Abigail Turkett of Morristown, TN, Brett Morrison of Orlando, FL, Jeremy Turkett of Murfreesboro, TN, Cory Morrison of Orlando, FL, Ryan Morrison of DeLand, FL; great-grandchildren, Noah & Carly Turkett of White Pine, TN and Cannon Bivins of Knoxville, TN; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry & Pat Stallings of Bartlett, TN and Stan & Betty Williams of Melbourne, Florida.
Brother "Gene", as he was affectionately called through the years, accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 13. At the age of 20 in 1960, he accepted the call to full time gospel ministry in the Baptist Church. For the following 57 years, he was a faithful servant, a compassionate pastor, a passionate preacher of the word of God and a counselor and friend to thousands. He served as pastor of Midway Baptist Church, Summerville, GA 1962-64; Faith Baptist Church 1964-1968; Harrison Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA 1968-70; Second Baptist Church, LaFayette, GA 1970-73; Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Griffin, GA 1973-77; First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA 1977-80; Fairview Baptist Church, Brooks, GA 1982-86; Carver Road Baptist Church, Griffin, GA 1982-86 and 1993-94; First Baptist Church, Osprey, FL 1994-97; Founding Pastor, Dayspring Community Church, Griffin, GA 1998-2005; Friendship Baptist Church, Milner, GA 2006-07; Chaplain, Baptist Manor, Palmetto, GA 2008-15 and Heatherwood Baptist Church, Riverdale, GA, 2014-17. After 3000 weeks of serving the Lord with all his heart, his mind and soul, he preached his last sermon at Heatherwood Baptist in April 2017.
In addition to his pastoral ministry, bible conferences and revivals, Rev. Turkett ministered to grieving families in Griffin, GA and Titusville, FL through his ownership, guidance and operation of Woodlawn Funeral Home (McDonald Chapel) in Griffin, GA and Titusville Funeral Home in Titusville, FL. Funeral service was a naturally extension of his call to give his all to others. He did so with great dignity, pride and compassion. He was also President, Haisten - McCollough Funeral Home, Griffin GA. After his retirement from management, he continued his affilation with the Haisten - McCollough as a part time employee for several more years.
Celebration of Life Services for Reverend Alvin E. (Gene) Turkett will be held on June 19th, 2017 at Second Baptist Church in Griffin beginning with visitation with family and friends in the church sanctuary from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 7:00pm with Rev. Doug Johnson and Dr. Ted Moody officiating. The graveside service will be held the following day, June 20th, 2017, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Griffin, GA.
As a part of Gene's Home Going Celebration Service, there will be a time for friends and acquaintances to share stories, memories or testimonies that you will cherish most about the most compassionate, loving, caring, Christian warrior and friend this world has ever seen, our husband and father, Gene (Gdad) Turkett.
Lastly, Gene received care in his last days from angels on earth at the Southwest Christian Care Hospice. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Dad's memory to Southwest Christian Care Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291-2316.