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Sidney Jerome (Jerry) Turner

Sidney Jerome (Jerry) Turner, 79, of Mechanicsville, MD, died on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Chesapeake Shores Rehab and Nursing Home in Great Mills, MD due to complications of diabetes/stroke. Born on December 21, 1940 in the village of Ryceville near Mechanicsville, he was the son of the late Eunice A. and Sydney A. Turner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Nancy (Bartz) Turner; two sons, David L. Turner (Elizabeth) of Mechanicsville, MD and Steven C. Turner (Alanna) of Mt. Airy, MD; eight grandchildren: Jason and Emily Turner of Mechanicsville, MD and Ashlyn, Jack, Brooke, Vivian, Dexter and Savannah Turner of Mt. Airy, MD. Jerry is also survived by one brother, James A. Turner (Catherine) of Mechanicsville, MD, a special cousin, Charles E. Turner (Judy) of Chatsworth, CA and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mary Helen Tippett, and “like a brother” Dickie Graves, both of Mechanicsville, MD.

Jerry graduated from LaPlata High School in 1958 and farmed the Turner family farm, along with his brother, his whole life; growing as much as 35 acres of tobacco at times. He was a part-time waterman in his younger days and groundskeeper at Laurel Springs Park in LaPlata for six years before retiring in 2007. Jerry was a nature lover to a fault, protecting bluebirds, bees and crows and fussed if you stepped on an ant or a spider. He enjoyed old tractors and cars, flea markets, antiquing, local history, telling stories about his childhood, good seafood, the company of family and friends, and his tabby cat, Zoey.

Family will receive friends on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a visitation with prayers at 7:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD, with Father Royals officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Turner, Steven Turner, Ed Burroughs, Mark Turner, Sid Tippett, Jason Turner, Jack Turner and Dexter Turner. Honorary pall bearers will be Edsel Bradbury, Freddie Burris, Harry Spence and Donald Thompson.

Memorial contributions may be made to A Community That Shares (ACTS), P.O. Box 54, 21808 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue, MD 20609.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.

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