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James Henry Turner

September 17, 1942 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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James Turner Obituary

Mr. James Henry Turner, age 81, of Franklin, KY, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 6, 2023, after courageously fighting a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 10:00 AM with interment to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, KY. 

James Henry was born on September 17, 1942 in Franklin, KY to the late Lee Turner and the late Jenny Alice (Ford) Turner.  He is also preceded in death by 2 brothers, John Lewis Turner and Billy Lee Turner; and an aunt, Jimmie Ford Davidson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Becky Turner; 2 sons, Brian Turner of Panama City Beach, FL and Kevin Turner (Melisha) of Franklin, KY; 1 grandson, Kolton Turner of Franklin, KY; and several nieces and nephews.

James Henry was a 1962 graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School and a member of Liberty General Baptist Church.  He was a former chairman of the board of Simpson County Schools.  James Henry retired from Dana Corporation and also worked for many years at the Kendall Company.

His wife Becky was the primary caregiver during the final months of his illness.  The family would also like to thank Ambi Bryant, Caring With A Smile Home Care and Hosparus Health for the love and care provided to James Henry.

James Henry loved his UK basketball, fishing, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in James Henry's memory to Liberty General Baptist Church, 339 West Cedar Street, Franklin, KY 42134 or Friends of the Simpson County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 910, Franklin, KY 42135-0910.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory. The website is The Facebook page is Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.  The obituary phone line is 270-586-8844.

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October 9, 2023

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory
325 West Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

October 10, 2023

6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory
325 West Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

Funeral Service
October 10, 2023

10:00 AM
Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory
325 West Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

Interment following funeral service
October 10, 2023

Greenlawn Cemetery
420 Cemetery Street
Franklin, Ky 42134


Friends of the Shelter
P.O. Box 910, Franklin KY 42135-0910

Liberty General Baptist Church
439 West Cedar Street, Franklin KY 42134


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