James Earl Turner died suddenly at home in Lenox on July 6, 2017.
Jim was born in Wakefield on April 9, 1947, to Earl and Mary Turner. He was educated in the Wakefield public school system and later attended North Adams State College. Jim is a veteran of the United States Army and served in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He moved to Lenox in the mid-1970s where he held several custodial positions including at the former Meadow Place Retirement Home, St. Ann’s Church, the Lenox Library and, most recently, the Olde Heritage Tavern until he retired in 2015.
Jim is survived by his two daughters Christina Perez (Les), Yvonne Lemmon (Erik), both of Florida, and his son, Caleb (Julia), of Housatonic. He also leaves three grandchildren: Jordann Perez, Quinn Lemmon and Henrietta Turner. Jim was the brother of Steve (Sue) of Lenox; Tom (Phil) of Walnut Creek, California; and Pat (Patty) of York Harbor, Maine. Jim was a favorite of his nieces and nephews.
Jim had a gentle soul and a generous spirit that all who knew him recognized and appreciated.
Calling hours will be held Monday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Lenox Veterans Association or the Lenox Housing Authority, both in care of the funeral home.
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