Mattie G. Turner

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Mattie G. Turner, a loving mother, wife, sister, cousin, elder, and friend, gained her wings in her home with her family by her side. Mattie was born on May 7, 1949, in Middleburg, VA. She graduated from Douglass High School in Leesburg VA; received her bachelor’s degree from Marymount University in 1997; and she worked for 32 years with the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1972, she married Wayne Michael Turner. They raised two daughters, Kim Turner and Erika Turner Lawson. Mattie was preceded in death by her husband; son, “baby” Turner; mother, Dorothy Grayson; stepfather, Earl Grayson; and brothers, Rico Grayson and Leo Grayson. She is survived by her children; grand-children, Haley and Paula Lawson; sister, Pattie Gilbert; and a host of nieces, neph-ews, sister-cousins, cousins, and adopted children. Mattie was a faithful servant and she dedicated her life to serving God’s kingdom. She was ordained as an evangelist in 2016 and as an elder in 2018. She served for decades at several churches, including Mount Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis, VA, Harvest Mediteratian, Holy and Whole Ministries, and Oak Grove Baptist Church. She is Vice President of “Halo,” a Christian magazine. She volunteered her time at Forest Grove Elementary School as well the Tiny Acorns summer camp and Women’s Bible study at Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and United Methodist Women. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at a private location due to COVID-19. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer at Johns Hopkins Medicine, by mail: Mattie Turner fund in pancreas cancer, c/o Dan Laheru, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 1650 Orleans St, Room 4M09, Baltimore, MD 21287; and online: Specific physician or area of research — Mattie Turner Fund c/o Dr. Daniel Laheru.

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