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Novella (LeGrand) Turner

Born: Wed., Apr. 7, 1937
Died: Tue., Jul. 30, 2013


1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 02, 2013
Location: Mount Gilead

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 03, 2013

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Mrs. Novella LeGrand Turner, 76, of Mount Gilead, NC died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC.  Funeral Services will be held 11am Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Chestnut AME Zion Church, 7093 Grassy Island Rd., Mount Gilead, NC 27306.  Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.  Public viewing will be held 1pm to 7pm Friday, August 2, 2013 at Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Mount Gilead, NC.

Novella L. Turner was the eldest of 12 children born to the late Walter Stevenson and Anner Robinson LeGrand on April 7, 1937, in Montgomery County, NC. 

She was converted at an early age and joined Chestnut A.M.E. Zion Church, Mt. Gilead, NC and remained a loyal and faithful member throughout her life.  Novella truly loved her church.

Her education began at the St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, Mt. Gilead, NC and the J. S. Edward School on Highway 73, Mt. Gilead NC. She graduated from Peabody High School, Troy, NC in 1955 and also graduated from Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC in 1959, with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education and a Masters of Arts Degree from NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC.

Novella taught 36 years in the Montgomery County Public School System.  She taught 3rd, 5th, Chapter One Reading and  Adult Basic Education.  Novella was united in marriage to the late A.D. Turner and preceded in death by brothers; James Patrick, Walter S. LeGrand, Jr., sisters, Estella LeGrand and Blenda J. Steele.

She leaves to cherish loving and fond memories to three sons; Jeremy M. Turner of Greensboro, NC, Jonathan M. Turner of the home and Glen D. Turner of Raleigh, NC; two daughters, Patricia J. Turner of Asheboro, NC and Elaine Furlow of Raleigh, NC; one granddaughter, Bailee-Marie Williams; brothers, John W. LeGrand(Sheila) and Harley D. LeGrand (Audrey), all of Charlotte, NC and Thomas J. LeGrand of Mt. Gilead, NC; sisters; Josephine Leak and Nita Harris (Rev. Howard), all of Mt. Gilead, NC, Annie L. Timmons (Leroy) and Mary J. Bradshaw (Allison), all of Charlotte, NC; one aunt, Mary Ellen Tyson of Trenton, NJ; two sisters-in-law, Rosa LeGrand of Ansonville, NC and Emma Miller of Mt. Gilead, NC; two brothers-in-law, Peter Steele of Mt. Gilead, NC and Arthur Turner of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.


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Cheryl Thomas Hall
   Posted Wed July 31, 2013
My sincere sympathy to Ms. Turner's family. We worked together for many years at Mt. Gilead Elementary. I had a great deal of admiration for her because of the many things she did for her family and others. She also was an ardent supporter of our professional organizations while she was active and after she retired for as long as she was able. She will be missed.

Fonda Robinson
   Posted Thu August 01, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Legrand/ Turner family. Mrs. Turner was one of my childhood teachers. I have always had fond memories of Mrs. Turner. She was definitely one of my favorite teachers. Rest in peace Mrs. Turner

Blondine Greene-Rudisell
   Posted Fri August 02, 2013
Mrs. Turner will always be a special lady in life. I have great memories of her as my third grade teacher at Highland Elementary School. A wonderful person with great wisdom. To my childhood friend, Nita, my prayers are with you at this time. To Jeremy, John, and Patricia, we pray for your strength and consolation in days to come. Her sweet memories will live on in your lives and ours.
Love to all,

Alice Crump Carlis
   Posted Wed August 07, 2013
I was sad to hear of Mrs. Turner's passing. My condolences to her children and extended family. I was fortunate to have her as a teacher at Mt. Gilead Elementary. She impacted the lives of many students and was a beautiful lady.

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