He was born on Nov. 25, 1929, in Pickton, Texas, to James W. and Jewel Ollie Turner. He attended Altus schools and Altus Junior College. He married Geneva Irene Taylor on Nov. 5, 1948.
He began his newspaper career for the Altus Times-Democrat as a paper boy on Dec. 7, 1941. Over the next 50 years, he held several positions at the newspaper including press operator, production manager, and he retired in 1995 as advertising sales director.
He was a long-time member of the First Assembly of God Church in Altus, where he served as the church secretary and treasurer. He was also actively involved in many community and philanthropic projects including the Chamber of Commerce, Altus Noon Lions Club, Salvation Army, ACMI House, United Way, and Red Cross. After he moved to Norman in 2002, he joined Capitol Hill Assembly of God in Oklahoma City, where he enjoyed the senior’s ministry and Sunday school class.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda McLennan of Norman; his son, Larry Turner and wife Ann of Edmond; his granddaughter, Stacy Morey and her husband Robert of Norman; grandsons, Jonathan Turner and wife Christie of Windsor, Colo., and Christopher Turner and wife Yang of Edmond; his beloved great-grandchildren, Harrison and Christian Morey, Jordan and Evan Turner, and Isabel Turner. He also leaves behind his brother, David Turner and wife Iva of Altus; sisters-in-law, Mae Morehead and Leona Taylor; and many much-loved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Geneva Turner; his parents; sisters, Marie Gresham and Ada Lou McCoy; and brothers, James Wilford Turner, Daniel Turner, and Valton Turner.
Jesse loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren above all else. He will forever be remembered for his devotion to his family and to his faith.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com