Joseph P. Turner

Sunrise: February 9, 1964

Sunset: March 10, 2019

On March 10, 2019, God summoned one of his faithful children to eternity. Joseph Percil Turner was born on February 9, 1964. He was the son of Joseph Turner and Hilda Turner-Hall. Joseph Percil Turner was a native of Portsmouth, VA and attended I.C. Norcom High School. He was an outstanding athlete while attending high school. He was a state champion in wrestling and voted the Southern District’s Outstanding lineman in addition to 2nd team All-Tidewater offensive tackle. After graduation,
Joe played defensive tackle at Virginia Tech and attended the University from 1982-1987. Joseph was a part of the Virginia Tech Championship team that won the Peach Bowl in 1986. Joseph was a member of the fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. Inducted in the Theta Iota Chapter, he was known as the Mighty Zeus. The Mighty Zeus was successful in building Alpha men, individuals who seek the light. Joseph was loved, honored and respected by his brothers and other sororities and fraternities.

Post Virginia Tech, he met the love of his life, Ca Thoma Turner, through a mutual friend and they were married for 26 happy years with three children. Joseph started his career at Norfolk Southern in 1987 where he was employed as a brakeman and became a conductor. As of December 2018, he reached 30 years of service and mentored numerous young men on and off the job. In addition, he coached little league baseball in his hometown. Joseph was just like his line name, large and in charge, but in a humble way that put his family and his friends first. He did anything he could for his family and friends but make no mistake; mess with his family or friends and one would feel the wrath of Zeus. He was supportive and proud of his children and constantly pushed them to accomplish more and improve upon themselves, never settling for what is given. His kindness and empathy extended to the many young men he mentored and taught how to be men and a provide for their families and community through the word of God.

Joseph’s kind, funny, and strong personality will never be forgotten. On March 10, 2019, God summoned one of his faithful workers to glory. All is at peace now, there will be no more tracks to lay and all trains will forever be on time! My beautiful son, all pain has ceased, and all worry has subsided. Walk in the light of your magnificent new home and know that your work is done. We will miss you, all who love and care for you.

Joseph Percil Turner was preceded in death by his parents Hilda L. Turner-Hall and Joseph Turner, siblings Anthony and Valencia but is survived by his loving wife of 26 years Ca Thoma Washington Turner, and children; Jaylynn Wallace (Stephen), Emmanuel Turner, and Ca Thoma Valencia Turner. He also leaves to cherish his grandfather William Jackson II and uncles; Reggie Jackson; William Jackson III, and Oliver Jackson; mother-in-law E. H. Washington; sisters-in-law Antoinette W. Lee (Stanley), Bonita W. Pryer (Morechell) and a host of nieces, cousins’ other relatives and friends.

Viewing Monday, March 18, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Wake Service Monday, March 18, 2019 6:00pm- 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    Gretta says

    Sincere condolences to the Turner family. Please take comfort in Gods promise to remove sickness pain and death, Rev 21:4. Many heartfelt prayers at this difficult time

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      Mark Luey says

      I want to express my most sincere thoughts and feelings for the passing of one of the best guys I’ve worked with for the last 30 years. I just retired and moved out of state and thought about Joe here in North Carolina. I was wishing I’d talked to Joe in person before I left a week before hearing the terrible news. Joe had an enormous amount of personal integrity and responsibility. Thanks Joe for being a great guy and great coworker. Sincerely, Mark Luey

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    Deepest condolences to the family of one of the best individuals I had the honor of knowing, Joeseph P. Turner (Big Joe) was well loved and respected by his Railroad family and will be missed very much. Sincerely Ronald Wilson (Cadillac)

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    Victoria Wallace says

    May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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    Lee & Mattie Armstrong says

    My deepest condolences to the Turner Family. We all grew up together. Joe was a funny person and loved to laugh and joke. Going to miss you my friend.

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    Vernon "Jelly" Elliott says

    You will be missed my friend.

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    Mary Holman says

    My Condolences and prayers are with the family.
    May God Bless each and everyone of you, Love to all.

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    Joe Alston says

    Sincere condolences to the Turner family. Joe will be missed by all. May God bless and comfort the family during this time of grief.

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    Sharon Bates Jordan says

    My sincere condolences to the Family of the late Joe Turner. My prayers are with you all during this time. May God continue to bless you all and give you comfort during your hours of sorrow. Again I extend my heartfelt sympathy to family.
    John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    Mr. & Mrs. Shelton l. Jordan

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      The Rogers Family says

      “The joy of the LORD is your strength” Neh. 8:10 Our prayers and love goes out to the entire Turner Family during the passing of Joe, our Warfield Drive neighbor for so many wonderful years

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    David W. Phillips says

    My deepest and most heartfelt regrets go out to the family of Mr. Joe Turner, my Union and Railroad Brother.
    Joe is irreplaceable and will be more than missed by Brother Dan Garcia and all his Union Family at Norfolk Terminal!!!
    GOD Bless You All,
    David W. Phillips

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    Robert "Bobby" Clarke says

    I am deeply saddened by the loss that the Turner family has endured. I remember when Little Joe, Tony, Franklin and I all played together as children. I have known him most of his life. Joe grew into a true man of men. I am proud of him. I will truly miss him.
    My condolences,


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