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Jerry Kennon Turner

July 24, 1936 — January 23, 2024

Enigma, Georgia

Jerry Kennon Turner, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2024 at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born on July 24, 1936, in the Harding District of Tift County, Georgia.   Jerry lived a life filled with love, hard work, and cherished moments with his family and friends.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 28, 2024 in the chapel of Albritton Funeral Directors with Rev. Ray Turner and Rev. Stacy Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A private family interment will be held at a later date.


Jerry had an incredible work ethic and poured his heart into his career. As the owner of Tropical Heating and Air Conditioning, he applied his skills diligently, ensuring that countless homes were warm in winter and cool in summer. His dedication to his profession was evident in every aspect of his work. Jerry's ingenuity allowed him to bring comfort to many households throughout the Tift County area.


Amongst the numerous cherished memories left behind by Jerry is his unwavering affection for his loyal dog Chip. Each morning as they set off for work together, Jerry made it a point to put a cap on Chip's head. The sight of the two arriving at job sites often caused confusion with Chip sitting beside him like a little person. They formed an inseparable duo, even embarking on delightful airplane rides together. It is clear that their bond brought immeasurable joy to Jerry's life.  Beyond his professional accomplishments and devotion to Chip, Jerry was most profoundly connected to his family. Nothing brought him greater happiness than spending time with his loved ones, especially his grandson Jacob Gatan Turner. Their relationship was one rooted in love and shared experiences that will forever be treasured by Jacob.

Jerry found solace in flying small aircraft as a pilot during his leisure time. The thrill of soaring through the sky allowed him to transcend earthly boundaries and discover serenity amidst the clouds. His passion for aviation brought him great exhilaration and added another layer of depth to the extraordinary life he led.


As a faithful member of Northside Baptist Church of Tifton, Jerry found spiritual nourishment within its walls. His involvement within the church community fostered connections with fellow congregants and offered him a source of strength and guidance throughout his life's journey. Before attending Northside Baptist Church, he was a member of Enigma Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.


Jerry, affectionately known as a devoted husband, leaves behind his beloved wife of sixty-six years, Sarah Pearl Ethridge Turner. Theirs was a partnership defined by unwavering love, support, and shared dreams. Sarah stood by Jerry's side through thick and thin, weathering life's storms together. Their unbreakable bond serves as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of witnessing their deep affection.


Jerry's legacy extends through his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Dewayne and Carmina "Carmi" Turner of Omega. Together they built a foundation of love and unity that will continue to guide them in their lives. Jerry was an exceptional father who instilled in his son the values of hard work, compassion, and dedication.


Jacob Gatan Turner, Jerry's grandson, was undoubtedly the pride and joy of his life. Jerry took immense delight in watching Jacob grow into the person he is today. The special moments they shared filled their hearts with immeasurable love and happiness. Though separated physically now, Jacob will carry the memories of his grandfather's unconditional love throughout his life.


Jerry was also blessed with three surviving sisters, Opal Sherouse of Gainesville, FL., Glenda June Briel of Gainesville, FL., and Paula Faye Daniel of Lax, GA.  Jerry is reunited in heaven with his father John Ozie Turner, mother Wilma Inez Smith Turner, and two brothers John Ozie Turner Jr., and Eddie Smith Turner. 


Flowers accepted or donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton, Ga. 31794.

Albritton Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.  



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Sunday, January 28, 2024

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Albritton Funeral Directors

1020 Tift Ave N., Tifton, GA 31794

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