Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Gifford Dean Turner, 89, of Harrisonburg, in the Melrose area, died Oct. 7, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Fulks Run, Va., and was a son of the late Lloyd Garrison and Alma Ruth Turner.
His passion was farming, and was a poultry and livestock farmer. He drove a school bus for Rockingham County schools for 37 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served in the 20th Armored Division, and drove through five countries in a 35-ton tank. The countries were France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Austria.
He was a charter member of Chimney Rock VFW Post 9660 and a member of Harrisonburg VFW Post 632. He was a member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. Gifford enjoyed riding his bicycle in many parades with his brothers.
On Aug. 26, 1950, he married the former Mary Lee Trobaugh, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Keith Turner and wife, Charlynn, of Harrisonburg, Lane Turner of Harrisonburg and Jeryl Turner and wife, Elaine, of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; one grandson, Curtis Turner; three brothers, Garnett Turner and wife, Lena, of Fulks Run, Miles Turner and wife, Marcella, of Fulks Run, and Wayne Turner and wife, Betty, of Broadway; one sister, Vada May and husband, Ellwood, of Mathias, W.Va.; and one sister-in-law, Violet Turner of Harrisonburg.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Granville J. “Red” Turner.
Dr. Michael Normoyle and Pastor Michael Terry Frank will conduct a memorial service 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. Burial at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens will be private.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church social hall.
The casket will be closed. There will be no viewing or visitation at the Grandle Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 8335 N. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.