May 29, 1908 Hazlehurst Copiah County Mississippi, USA
Dec. 23, 2003 Jackson Hinds County Mississippi, USA
Clover Dyess Turner, educator and homemaker, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Born Clover Dyess in Hazlehurst in 1908, she lived in the Mississippi Delta and also in Arkansas. She attended MSCW and did graduate work at Duke University. She began her teaching career in Utica, where she met her husband, Jett Joseph (J.J.) Turner. They were married in 1931 and enjoyed 71 years of devotion to one another. He preceded her in death on December 25, 2002.
Mrs. Turner was an outstanding educator for many years. She taught first grade in Utica and Hazlehurst before moving to Jackson. She devoted many years to the students of Watkins and Casey elementary schools. She also served as an officer in educational leadership organizations. She was a charter member of the first chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority in MS, serving as the first state president. She served on the International Scholarship Board, helping to provide scholarships to many worthy students. She was recognized by this organization with several of the highest awards for her service.
Her only child, Elizabeth, remembers her mother "as the epitome of a Southern lady who excelled in every undertaking. She was my role model as a teacher and mother. Her high standards and desire for perfection were apparent in her classrooms, in her home, in her needlework, and through her service to her church and community. Her ability to do everything so well always amazed me."
She was a member of numerous clubs and organizations such as the DAR, Parnasssus Club, Le Mercredi and Mecca bridge clubs.
Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Turner Holcomb, and son-in-law, Bill Holcomb of Brandon; granddaughter, Lisa Holcomb of Roswell, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Woodland Hills Baptist Church.