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Wallace Turner

October 5, 1936 — April 27, 2024


Wallace Turner

Wallace Dean Turner, age 87, of Newhope, Arkansas passed away April 27, 2024. He was born October 5, 1936 in Forrester, Scott County, Arkansas to Virgil and Bertha O’Neal Turner. 

Wallace lived in various areas of Arkansas and Indiana, but graduated high school in Kirby, Arkansas. After graduation he worked as a farm hand for his uncle until he married Lee Ann Evans. He worked for Reese’s Grocery before opening his own store. He also worked for Ray Pinkerton in the propane business for several years. 

Wallace and his family moved to Alaska in 1984 where he worked for the Chugach School District for 14 years in maintenance before retiring and moving back to Arkansas. He enjoyed gardening and following his sports teams on TV.  

Wallace is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lee Ann Turner; sonWalter Turner and wife Melissa of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; daughters, Lydia Poore and husband Sam of Newhope, Arkansas and Linda Tolman and her husband Shawn of Whittier, Alaska; sister, Faye Cargile and her husband Fred of Kirby, Arkansas; grandchildren, Donald Kompkoff, Kyla Myers, Jeffrey Kompkoff, Erin Tolman, Lisa Tolman; 8 step-grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, Taytum Myers, Alice Kompkoff and Lucas Kompkoff; 4 step-great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. 

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Smith Family Funeral Home in Glenwood.  

A celebration of Wallace’s life will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Brother Brian Finn officiating.  

Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery in Kirby.  

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home - Glenwood

209 North 3rd Street, Glenwood, AR 71943

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Funeral Service

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church

705 Main Avenue, Dierks, AR 71833

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