ALBANY -- David Allen Turner, M.D., died September 20, 2012 at Palmyra Nursing Home after a long illness.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. in the church parlor, with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. in the church Sanctuary. Dr. Nancy Scarbrough will officiate.
A native of McDonough, Georgia, Dr. Turner was the son of Wade Hampton Turner, Sr. and Louvenia Daune George Turner, both deceased. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wade Hampton Turner, Jr., John Bassett Turner, and Zedekiah Monroe Turner; and two sisters, Eugenia Turner Price and Frances Turner Stephens.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Faye Bolton Turner; two daughters, Nancy Turner Brown, her husband, Scott, and their children Rebecca Brown Drake, Annalee Fowler Wilkin and Margaret Whittlesey Brown; Susan Turner Winston, her husband, Richard, and their daughter, Clara Elizabeth Winston; one son, David Allen Turner, Jr, his wife Kamilah, and their sons Marley Allen Turner and Dylan Milad Turner; three great-grandsons, Mitchell, Logan and Scott; and many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Turner was educated in the schools of Henry County, Georgia, where he was valedictorian of his senior class at McDonough High School, in 1944. He attended Emory-at-Oxford Junior College, where he was president of the student body, graduating in 1946. He continued his education at Emory University, graduating with a degree in English Literature. He then enrolled in the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga. graduating in 1952 with a degree of doctor of Medicine. His post-graduate training consisted of an internship at Murphy Army Hospital in Waltham, Mass., and completion of a residency in psychiatry at the University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia in 1957.
During his medical training, Dr. Turner was enrolled in the USAF, performing as a flight surgeon in the Air Force in the United States and overseas. He was board certified as a psychiatrist in 1960. He resigned from the Air Force in 1961 to accept a position as assistant professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Turner came to Albany in 1962 where he practiced psychiatry in private practice until 1984. During this time he was president of the Dougherty County Medical Society in 1970, president of the Hospital Staff of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in 1980 and Chief of staff of Psychiatry for many years.
In 1984, he discontinued private practice and began Crossroads Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center at Phoebe Putney Hospital. In 1990, he began work for the Albany Area Community Service Board, retiring from there in 1999.
He was a member of Porterfield Memorial UMC since 1962, serving on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, member of the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, the Administrative Board and a member of the Alpha Sunday School class.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of Wing 4 at Palmyra Nursing Home for their tender and compassionate care of Dr. Turner during his stay with them.
You may sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family of Dr. Turner by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Those desiring may send memorials to Porterfield Memorial UMC Playground fund or the charity of their choice.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors