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JoAnn TurnerPassing: April 12, 2019


Chastain Funeral Home

Memorial Service

Thursday, April 18th @ 7:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday, April 18th @ 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


No Burial

BEDFORD – JoAnn Turner, 84, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019.

Born January 18, 1935, in Tauton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Fred and Annie Belle (Jennings) Bell.   She married Richard D. Turner September 8, 1956, and he preceded her in death August 29, 2013.

JoAnn managed the family business, Turner Transportation, Inc., and worked several years at the Maternal and Child Health Clinic/WIC office as an administrative assistant.  She also volunteered with the Girl and Boy Scout programs and served as president of both the Lawrence County Welfare Board and the Lawrence County Community Corrections Board, before retiring and moving to Harlingen, Texas.  She was a member of the Parkwood Bible Church and volunteered with several organizations in the Harlingen area.

J. D. (Crystal) Powell of Bedford
Darin (Allie) Powell of Bedford
Ava, Adrianna, and Ainsley Powell
John L. Bell of Taunton, Massachusetts

Her parents; husband; daughter, Debra Sue Powell; son, Richard D. Turner, Jr., and siblings, Fred Bell of Taunton, Massachusetts, Richard A. Bell of Jonesboro, Georgia, Dorothy (Bell) Davenport of Hemphill, Texas, and Virginia (Bell) Bacon of Little River, South Carolina, preceded her in death.

Memorial service will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Jack Taylor officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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6 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Marlene Rauch | http://Atlanta, GA
    Date: April 18, 2019
    Jo Ann always took time to talk with me whenever we ran into each other. She was a kind lady and a positive influence in my youth at Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.
  2. Guest: Eddie Hatfield | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: April 18, 2019
    To JoAnns family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked for Dick and JoAnn in the early 80's washing Dicks tractor and the tractors of Carpenter Body Works. I had been laid off from Carpenters and they basically saved me when they gave me that job. She even felt i was good enough to clean her car also. I thank both of them for being such WONDERFUL & KIND people. God just doesn't have people like them on this earth anymore. Prayers to each of you. God has two special people together with him in heaven.
  3. Guest: Nancy Mundy | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: April 18, 2019
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We may not be able to make it to the funeral home, but our thoughts are with you all. Brent, Nancy, and Betsy
  4. Guest: Beth Doub | http://Mitchell
    Date: April 18, 2019
    Jo Ann was such a sweet woman...I spent many nights at the Turner house! Fond memories with Debbie and her family! I miss them all! A beautiful family, they are all together again... Prayers for her grandsons and their families...
  5. Guest: Misty Grow | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: April 17, 2019
    My mom (Johnie Shelton VanHoy- now deceased) and I used to rent their house on 2nd and Kelly, Richard and I were very close friends, when he passed away I stayed close to Dick and Joann for awhile but it was really hard on them and then they moved out of Bedford and I lost contact with them. A couple of months ago they were both on my mind (I had not known that Dick passed away and I have been trying to find Joann) this breaks my heart but now the family is all back together again in heaven. I loved this whole family and I am sending prayers to the grandchildren. Misty Grow
  6. Guest: Michelle Porter | http://Orleans, IN
    Date: April 17, 2019
    So so sorry for your loss. JoAnn was a wonderful lady.