In Memory Of ...
Former Texas Conference singing evangelist Ray Turner dies
The following tribute to Elder Ray Turner was written by Elder Leighton Hawley, President of the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists:
Our beloved Elder Ray Turner died this morning, Thursday, May 15, at approximately 8:00 a.m. at the age of 99. Ray would have been 100 on October 22. His has been a life richly lived in Christ.
An original bass member of the “Lonestar Four” quartet, they became the very first King’s Heralds Quartet at the Voice of Prophecy, serving for many years with Elder H. M. S. Richards and were a tremendous blessing to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Worldwide, Ray and Ouida later joined Elder Fordyce Detamore in the Far East, conducting very successful evangelistic meetings, successfully implementing major innovations in Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic methods. When they came back to the United States, they came to Texas and made tremendous contributions to our growth as a conference.
Later they joined with Elder Dick Barron in the much-loved Barron-Turner team, again right here in Texas growing God’s church. Ray was more than a great singer everyone loved to listen to. He was known as a great organizer and leader of men and one of the best skilled personal workers and in-home visitors this Church has ever produced.
Literally thousands of people will be in heaven as a result of his God-led ministry. I look forward to hearing him sing “When They Ring Those Golden Bells” on resurrection morning. He is survived by his wife Ouida, his sister Vivian Coble, daughters Bonnie Rae House and Arlene Ethel Mitchell, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ray’s son James Milton preceded him in death.
Read a tribute to Ray Turner by Elder Lonnie Melashenko, Speaker/Director of the Voice of Prophecy, posted at www.vop.com/article.php.
More is written about Ray and his life and 75-year marriage with his wife, Ouida, with photos, in the February 2008 issue of the Southwestern Union Record magazine, posted at www.swurecord.org/record.php?issueDate=200802. The photo used on this page can be found at www.TheHeralds.org.
Viewing: Sabbath evening, May 17, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the Crosier-Pearson Funeral Home, 512 North Ridgeway Drive, Cleburne, TX 76033
Funeral: The funeral will be Sunday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m., at the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church, 114 South Fairview Street, Keene, TX 76059 Phone: 817-641-9804
Memorial Fund: Flowers will be accepted, or memorial gifts may be sent to: The Voice of Prophecy, 101 W. Cochran Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Ouida Turner, c/o 5700 E Central TX Expressway #113, Killeen, TX 76543