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OBITUARY - William Earl Turner

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM
No Public Viewing
Cottonwood Church
4505 Katella Avenue
Los Alimitos, CA 90720
Riverside National Cemetery (later date)
22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92518

In Loving Memory of William Earl Turner

October 24, 1937 - October 1, 2019

Billy Earl Turner, also known as William E. Turner, Esq. was born in Kaufman, Texas, to Thomas Jerome and Bessie Mae Scott on October 24, 1937. He was the first of three children born to this union. Billy attended Edison Jr. High School and graduated from Fremont High School in Los Angeles, California. He loved to play baseball, was an avid reader, and listened to Talk Radio. During the summer months, he would acquire a paper route.  

Straight out High School Billy attended Trade Technical College of Los Angeles, California. Then he earned a degree in Law in 1971 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Billy excelled in all of his academic studies and received many awards & titles. However, he was so humble in relation to all of his academic accomplishments. At seven-years-old Billy accepted Christ and was baptized at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA. He became a Sunday School Teacher for the youth.  

In the year 1960, Billy Earl served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. He was ranked as a Private First Class MP, and he played on the Army baseball team. In the year 1963, he was given an Honorable Discharge.  

Prior to being drafted in the Army, Billy was united in Holy Matrimony to Anna Laura Thornton. They met at the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Their marriage lasted 10 years, unfortunately, Anna Laura passed away in 1971. To this union, three children were born Kelley Marlene, Catherine Lynette, and Michael Blake. He wed again in 1972 to Betty Betts and to this union, one child was born Phillip Justin Turner.  

Billy, over his life, had multiple vocations. Baseball was intertwined in Billys life. He became a member of the Angels Minor Leagues team as a pitcher in Los Angeles, CA in the mid-1950's. After a sports injury and once he began his family his vocation shifted. He became a County Clerk in Los Angeles and later became a Deputy Sheriff functioning as a Bailiff in the Courts of the City of Los Angeles. Billy became an Attorney practicing in the County of Los Angeles Public Defenders Office. Thus, he retired from the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office. Later in life, he began a private practice and never forgetting the less fortunate along the way.  

Billy Earl always had a joke to tell. He had an outgoing personality. Some of the things he liked to do were dancing, tennis, family gatherings, and listening to all genres of music. He loved to sing and was often compared to the likes of Sam Cooke. Billy was associated with the California Bar Association, LA County Bar Association, Langston Bar Association and Kappa Alpha Phi.  

Billy's 1st wife Anna Laura Turner, his father Thomas Jerome Turner, mother Bessie Mae Scott, aunt Ethel Mae Turner, and a cousin Alpha Rae all preceded him in death. Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Kelley Turner, Catherine "Cathy" Turner, Michael Turner and Phillip (Casey) Turner; the mother of his child, Betty Betts Turner; sister Bobbie Rainey, brothers: Thomas Turner and Charles Turner; grandchildren: Courtney, Morgan, Corey, and Ava; great-grandchildren: Gary Junior and Christian Johnathan. He also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.

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The family of William Earl Turner would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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