Bruce Turner, born February 6, 1958 in Pineville, Louisiana, was the last of ten children born to Lurlean Keller Turner and Edgar Turner, Sr. Bruce accepted Christ as his personal savior
at a young age being baptized by the late Rev. P. N. Blackman, joining with his family at Little Zion Baptist Church in Long Bridge, Louisiana. Being the baby of the bunch, Bruce experienced the best of both worlds. He was spoiled by his parents and older siblings. In his mother’s eyes her baby could do no wrong. As those family members went on to glory his nieces and nephews continued to spoil and care for him until the very end.
As a child Bruce received his education at Moreauville High School. Realizing his passion and true talent, Bruce left school early to pursue a career as a Brick Layer. Bruce’s talent, passion, and work ethic fostered a career that spanned decades. Bruce possessed a strong work ethic and believed the evidence of that could be displayed in his finished work. The evidence of his belief can still be seen today when one looks around at the homes and buildings in Avoyelles Parish and surrounding areas. When Bruce decided to lay down his brick hammer and chisel for the last time, he began a second career as the maintenance engineer at a local apartment complex. He worked diligently and with pride until his health began to fail.
Bruce, affectionately known as Uncle Bruce by all his nieces, nephews, and younger family members was loved and adored by them all. He returned this same love and affection to each of them. While Bruce had a special bond with each child, there were three that he loved and cared for as if each of them was his own: Betrice Andrews, Brenda Coco, and Donnell Turner. Bruce had a love for vehicles, from cars to trucks. He even purchased a van, just on a whim one day. If Bruce saw a vehicle he liked, he purchased it, drove it awhile and later sold it. Bruce also loved to ticker with things and perform odd jobs around the house. Bruce loved to have a good time. His joy and love for good music could be heard all “down the lane”, from his favorite outdoor kitchen, which he called Tut’s #2. Bruce would sit back there for hours enjoying laughs with family and friends while listening to good music. A really good time would be marked with his grand smile and him hitting the dance floor.
On February 16, 2021 Bruce fell asleep in the arms of his heavenly father and awoke standing in front of the pearly white gates of Heaven. There to greet him were those who preceded him in death, his parents: Lurlean Keller Turner and Edgar Turner, Sr.; his sisters Dorothy Baptiste, Ellaniors Dixon, Alice Rudolph, Marjorie Turner, and Martha Turner, his brothers Arthur Turner, Earl Turner, and Carl Turner, and his friend and trusted right hand Ernie Andrews. What a joyous welcome Bruce received.
Those left to carry on his legacy and cherish his memories are his only child LaKendra Danielle Sampson husband Danaray Sampson of Gonzales, Louisiana; Two grandchildren, Tristan A. Sampson and Tatum A. Sampson of Gonzales, Louisiana; One Brother, Edgar Turner, Jr. wife Judy Turner of Houston, Texas; One Uncle Fred Keller of Hanford, California; two nieces that he loved and adored as his own Betrice Andrews husband Lester Andrews of Long Bridge, Louisiana and Brenda Coco, husband Lee Coco of Shreveport, Louisiana; One Nephew he loved and adored as his own Donnell Turner, wife Vaslesa Turner of Houston, Texas; One God Child Roderick Hill, wife Simone Hill of Dover, Delaware; Two true and genuine friends that were there for him until the very end Lester Andrews and Benjamin Laurent and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Final arrangements entrusted to St. Edwards Funeral Home, Bunkie, LA. Masks required
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