Jonathan Turner

Jonathan B. Turner, 45, of Champaign, brother of a Rantoul resident, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at home.

A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at New Generation Christian Fellowship, 1401 W. John St., Champaign, with Apostle Larry Simmons and Co-Pastor Kim Simmons officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. Friday at the church.

Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., Danville, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Turner was born Aug. 14, 1968, in Joliet, a son of Yavonne Watkins and Johnnie Turner.

Surviving are his companion, Lisa Johnson; seven children, Shantel Pettigrew, Shaveze Johnson, Savanna Brown, Sierra Turner and Trestina Turner, all of Champaign, Alberta Johnson of Mississippi and Jonathan Turner Jr. of Chicago; three stepchildren, Jerome, Dalicia and James, all of Champaign; five brothers, Dennis Turner, Daniel Turner and LaQuincy Harmon, all of Champaign, Dwight Turner of Rantoul and Duncan Crosby of Joliet; two sisters, Nekeidra Clark and Elisha Clark, both of St. Louis; and  a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, paternal and maternal grandmothers, his paternal grandfather and twin sons.

In 1978, his family relocated to Champaign.

Mr. Turner attended and graduated from Central High School in 1987. During his junior and senior years, he assisted with the school’s basketball and track teams. He was well known and active at his school. He received a number of awards of service and recognition.

He was a member of New Generation Christian Fellowship, where he served as a deacon and worked to establish the food pantry and brotherhood. He also owned his own business from 2007-2010, JT’s Clean Finish.

Mr. Turner was well known in the community and was active in and out of the church. During his spare time, he enjoyed cooking, traveling, shopping, spending time with family and friends and serving God.


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