Richard Wayne Turner

June 14, 1945 - November 29, 2021
Richard Wayne Turner

Richard Wayne Turner, Wilmington, NC, aged 76, passed away peacefully in his home on November 29, 2021.

He was born on June 14, 1945 in Fayetteville, NC, the oldest son of the late Richard Bowers Turner and Ruth Elizabeth Sineath Turner. He is survived by his only daughter, Stephanie Turner (residing in Burlingame, California); his brother Kenneth (Ken) B. Turner (residing in Fayetteville, NC); his sister Donna Turner Phillips (residing in Shawnee, Kansas); and his two nephews, Brian and Keith Herridge.

Richard enjoyed a long career working for the NC Department of Agriculture, Standards Division until his retirement in 2010. He was actively involved in the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association (NHCLEOA), starting as a member working in the Kitchen helping serve meals and since 2016, serving as the Treasurer.

Richard was a charismatic individual who never met a stranger. We will always carry fond memories of him in our hearts.

On Tuesday, December 28th, a memorial service will be held at 2pm with a reception to follow at the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association (NHCLEOA). 5301 Holly Shelter Rd, Castle Hayne, North Carolina 28429. Reverend Mel Smith will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Richard’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Post Office Box 7501, Wilmington, NC 28406

The family would like to thank all those that supported them through this journey; in times of need, the community of friends / family are the most valued asset in life.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • December 07, 2021
    Donald Wiggs says:
    Richard was a friend, a neighbor and just someone you appreciated being called “ friend”. I will truly miss him especially on our “ office days “. Rest In Peace my friend, R.I.P. Gods peace!

  • December 07, 2021
    TJ Jewell says:
    Richard was a true friend and confidant, he was our Treasurer for many years, he loved the Law Enforcement Organization and his integrity was beyond question. He never met a stranger, he was kind, loving and true to his friends. He will surely be missed and I know that he is in Heaven watching over us to keep us safe. Take care Richard, we love you.

  • December 07, 2021
    Rick Sorrenti says:
    Richard will always be remembered for his devotion to members and friends at the law enforcement association. He will be truly missed. May our savior Jesus Christ look down on Richard’s family, friends and bless them during this time of sorrow. God’s speed my friend.

  • December 07, 2021
    Kenneth Wade Gasperson says:
    Richard I got to see you at our November meeting. You looked really good I am so glad I got to see you. I am really going to miss you my friend. God bless you my brother!!!

  • December 07, 2021
    Novella Frieslander says:
    Richard was such a warm, caring man. His love and commitment to the NHCLEOA was unwavering. He was always there when I needed him. Richard, you will be missed my friend. Godspeed in your next journey. We will hold it from here.