Deacon Levy Turner

April 22, 1943 ~ January 11, 2021 (age 77)


On Monday, January 11, 2021, at 11:30 P. M., our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and father-in-law and brother-in-law completed his journey of life on earth and was called home to be with God. Deacon Levy Turner was born to the late James and Nicey Turner on April 22, 1943, in Camden, South Carolina. 

Levy moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1962. As a young man of just 19 years old in New York, Levy obtained a job in the custodial department at the great Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. As our dad did in every area of his life, he worked hard. He created a long and happy career as he worked from custodian to the Culinary department, and later became the head Chef. Levy prepared many meals for students, faculty, countless social events and his dear family and friends. After 43 years of devoted service with Abraham Lincoln High School, he retired.

In 1963, Levy met his beautiful, lifelong partner and wife of 57 years, Roberta Turner.  They had four beautiful children together and raised them in Brooklyn, New York.  After retiring, he and his wife decided to move back to South Carolina. In 2012, Levy joined Saint Mark Church of God in Christ, where he loved to serve the Lord. Levy was baptized in 2013 and began his journey to serve the Lord whole-heartedly. In February of 2016, Levy became a Deacon of the church. Levy put his whole heart into serving others, and church was no exception. He sang in the men’s choir and was a dedicated member of the pastor’s aide committee. Levy was a faithful supporter of the church, spiritually and financially. 

Lee touched so many people’s lives. We know we have all heard this before, but life is a lot shorter than any of us realize, and you just do not know what you have until it's gone. Levy will truly be missed by his family, church family, and friends. What can we say about the world's greatest husband, dad, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law,  uncle, cousin, and friend?  His wife and children called him “Lee” and his grandchildren called him “papa.” We know Lee is looking down on all of us, and we truly believe he knows just how loved he was.  Lee would have loved all of this attention!  He was the life of the party. His distinguished laugh alone would bring so much joy in the room. Lee was an honorable man, kind, sweet, and a gentle soul. He was loving, giving and he cared with a passion, unlike anything we have ever seen.  Mostof all, Lee loved his family and had a great desire to live for God. When timeswere tough, Lee had a saying: “Keep it pushing or keep it stepping.” Becausehe worked hard on everything he put his hands on and created magic. As a man who loved life and his family, he will be truly missed but he will never truly be gone because he lives in the hearts of all of us. Sleep in peace, our King and hero. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Rayner-Fillyaw; six sisters, Annabelle Austin, Sadie Roberts, Luida Raskin, Betty Lee Moore, Janie (Tilly) Dubose, and Shirley Lipscomb; six brothers, Benny Gary, Isaac Turner, Leroy Turner, Freddy Turner, James Turner Jr. and Washington Gary. 

Levy Turner leaves behind his loving wife, Roberta Turner; a son, Bernard Turner; daughters: Lorraine Amosun and Debbie Turner; seven beautiful grandchildren,  Michael, Lakeya, Emmanuel, Shyniqua, Niké, Bosé and DeAnte’; two great-grandsons, Qaivon and Taivon; three great-granddaughter, T’nya, Shamyah and Harper Lee; two sons-in-law, Ola Amosun and William Fillyaw and Tony Willard (Former son-in-law); brother-in-law Barry Raskin, and a host of loving nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.


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 Service Program


January 25, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Nelson-Haile Funeral Home
919 Church Street
Camden, SC 29020

Graveside Service
January 26, 2021

11:00 AM
Cedar Cemetery
701 Campbell Street
Camden, SC 29020

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