Thursday, September 16, 2021

Obituary - Beatrice J. Turner

Beatrice J. Turner, age 97, of Clinton, Missouri joined her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Bea will be interred at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton on Friday, September 17th at 11:00 AM with a graveside service for immediate family. 

The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Truman Lake Cancer Relief Fund and can be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Beatrice, better known as Bea, was born in Deepwater, MO on July 6, 1924. She was the daughter of Thomas James Smith and Bessie Mae Liston Smith. Bea attended school in Deepwater, MO and was the ninth child in a family of ten children.

She was married to Gene Cockrell in 1944 and from this union, three children were born: Larry, Sandra, Stephen Cockrell.

In 1967, she married Justin Turner and was married to him for 40 years before his passing in 2006.

She was a member of the Deepwater Baptist Church before moving her membership to the First Baptist Church in Clinton, MO. In 1934, at the age of 10, Bea accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Clinton, MO. During her years as a member of the First Baptist Church, Bea donated many hours of her life working with children in Training Union, Sunbeams, and Sunday School classes.

She was a deeply committed Christian, and many family members and friends benefited from her daily prayers for them. She also volunteered for several years with a Bluebird group in Clinton.

She later joined the First Assembly of God Church in Clinton, where she was an active member.

She served as treasurer for the Women's Ministry Group for several years and volunteered in Children's Church.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Bessie Smith; her husband, Justin Lowell Turner; her nine brothers and sisters, Earl Smith, Clarence Smith, Johnnie Smith, Orville Smith, Thomas Smith Jr., Goldie Haynes, Dorothy Fasnacht, Dora Hills, and Doris McMillian.

She is survived in death by her children, Larry Cockrell and wife Carol of Clinton, MO; Sandy and husband, Mike Haynes, of Raymore, MO; and Stephen Cockrell and wife, Colleen, of Washougal, WA; four grandchildren, Jennifer Cockrell, Cole Haynes and wife Karen, Clint Haynes and wife Christa, Sara Cockrell, and three great grandchildren, Georgia, Weston and Harper Haynes.

Bea was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a blessing to her family and friends, and she will be missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

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