Harry Leon Turner, II

March 1, 2018
Harry Leon Turner, II


Harry Turner II, 74, of Wilmington, NC went to be with Jesus on March 1, 2018.

Harry was born in Texas to the late Harry and Ruth Turner. After surpassing state records in discus events and achieving notable accomplishments in high school football and academics, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.  On graduation day, he married Arlene Muthig of Maryland.  Their fifty two years of marriage included raising four daughters to experience unconditional love of others, forgiveness, and generosity inspired by the study of Biblical scripture, prayer, worship, fellowship, ministry, and servant leadership.

As a Lieutenant Commander, Harry left the United States Navy after nine years of distinguished service and completion of a graduate degree in Computer Systems Management.  In the following years, he would accept executive leadership positions at General Dynamics of Connecticut and then the Christian Broadcasting Network of Virginia.  Harry and Arlene opened and franchised The Real Bread Company in Virginia.  During this time, Harry pursued his passion of helping Vineyard churches start and grow in the southeastern United States and in Russia.  Prior to retirement, Harry embarked upon a successful career in health and wellness.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sandra Boone.  He is survived by his wife, Arlene Turner, his sister, Betty Lynch, his daughters, Deborah Turner, Donna Michaels (Thomas), Rachel Greer (Christopher), and Stephanie Formhals (Anthony), and his grandchildren: Katie, Christina, Kylie, Alaina, David, Daniel, and Valerie.

A Celebration of Life to rejoice in his homecoming will be held on March 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church located on 800 Piner Road, Wilmington, NC 28409.

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  • March 06, 2018
    Jay Comiskey says:
    Two great men died recently. Billy Graham was better known on earth, but Harry Turner was equally known in heaven as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. My life was blessed and strengthened by Harry's leadership at CBN. You follow others to the extent that they follow Christ. I am indebted to this man for His love for God and his deep desire to follow Jesus. Thank you, Harry! I look forward to seeing you again in eternity and singing the endless love-songs to our Beloved King, Jesus Christ. To Him be Glory and Honor Forever!

  • March 12, 2018
    Pat McGee says:
    Heartfelt condolences to family And friends at Harry's passing. Had not seen Harry since the 50's. Once shared an attic bed Room in Dallas. Harry and I in One end and Betty and Sandra In the other. May Christ's love Bring comfort.

  • March 12, 2018
    Grant James says:
    Harry wasn't in our lives very long but left a lasting impression nonetheless. Pure of heart and spirit with an inquiring open mind for knowledge. Enjoyed the company of his family, such fine individuals all. God bless!

  • March 13, 2018
    Al D. Kapelewski says:
    I served with Mr.Turner during the of 1973-74 on the USS Piedmont AD-17.He truly was a great individual and always exhibited compassion and willingness to help others.I am very sad knowing he has left us but he made quite an impression on those who remember him.

  • March 20, 2018
    Jack and Joan Kohl says:
    Arlene, Joan and I were shocked and saddened by the announcement of Harry's passing . Please know we are praying for you and your family. Please call or write when you have a chance, we do not have a good address or phone number for you. Harry was such a great guy, he will forever be on our minds.