Gene Elbert Turner was born in Magnolia on July 11, 1942 to the late Alvin Sr. and Jannie Story-Turner, whom both preceded him in death.
He was the fifth of six children. Gene graduated from Walker High School in Magnolia in 1961 and moved to Dallas for a short time. During the same year, Gene relocated to San Francisco, CA and lived with his Uncle Willie and Aunt Beauty, whom always wanted him to come live with them as a young boy.
A few years afterward Gene embarked on his military career by joining the United States Army on June 20, 1964. After serving three years active duty, he joined the United States Army Reserve where he served 20 years and retired on December 30, 1994.
Gene had an illustrious career working for the City of San Francisco Transit Authority. He began working as a trolly driver in Presidio from 1969-1972. From 1972 until 1987, Gene worked as a gripman on the cable cars. In 1987, Gene was promoted to transit inspector. Prior to his retirement in 2004, he worked in Central Control. He was shop steward in the Transport Workers Union Local 250A. He received numerous awards for his civil service over the years.
In June 1964 he married his high school sweetheart, Marvis Eason, and from their union two children, whom he cherished, Genine Turner and Gerard Turner were born. In June 1991, he married the love of his life, Joyce Ferdinand. From this union Gene gained a bonus daughter, Adrienne Florida.
At an early age Gene accepted Christ and in June 1998 joined and became a faithful and active member of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Joe L. Smith.
We can say all the beautiful things people want to hear about someone who has finished their journey here on earth. Truthfully speaking, Gene lived a fantastic life. He loved traveling and spending time with his friends and family. He visited his family each year and enjoyed going back “home” South for annual family reunions, birthdays and major family events. Las Vegas was like his second home. He traveled there at least twice a year. He often said he would go to see the bright lights of the city.
He was a quiet spirit that did not speak loudly and was always firm and direct. To know him, was to love him. To those that loved him, he was a gentle, smooth and cool man. Gene was loved and respected dearly. Grill master extraordinaire, Gene loved grilling and cooking for his loved ones. He made the best barbecue in the United States. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed both his Bay Area teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A’s and regularly attended games during the season.
Gene departed this life on January 5, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Jesse Ray Turner, Mary Tarkington and Elois James.
Gene leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 28 years, Joyce Turner; loving daughter, Genine Turner; son, Gerard Turner; bonus daughter, Adrienne Florida (Stephen); two granddaughters, Gailyn Red Elk and Genice Turner; grandson, Stephen Jr.; brother, Alvin Turner Jr. (Margie); sister, Martha Sue Rance (Donald); dear cousin and friend, Norris Dawson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.