Turner, Eloise Graham

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Eloise Graham Turner, 94, of Radford, Va., passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at the Richfield Recovery and Care Center in Salem. She was born in Radford on March 6, 1914, the daughter of the late Joseph Grant and Vivian Luvenia Hall Graham. Eloise was a member and past Regent of the General William Campbell Chapter of the DAR, a member of the Radford Woman’s Club for over 60 years and a member of the Historical Society. She was a charter member of the outdoor historical drama, The Long Way Home, held at Ingles Ferry. She performed 27 summers, playing various historical characters. She wrote poetry and short stories, winning ribbons through the years from Wytheville and New River Community Colleges in their Senior Division. She enjoyed being part of a writing group and a music group where members were able to share their special writing and musical talents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Clyde Turner; and a son, Samuel Grant Turner. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Harold Gray and Betty Turner, of Boones Mill; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Ed Vance, of Salem, and Sandra E. and Dr. L. Richard Berg, of Ferrum; nine grandchildren, Samuel Nelson, Michael Ray and Barry Grant, of Pilot and Indian Valley, Harold Gray Turner II and wife, Jill, of Roanoke County, Teresa T. McBride and husband, Keith, of Boones Mill, Edward Vance and wife, Valerie, of Hyattsville, Md., William Vance and wife, Angie, of Radford, Debbie Vance, of Nashville, N.C., and Christopher Vance, of Radford; and three great-grandchildren, Joshua Travis Turner, and Taylor Ann and Sydney Ava McBride. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2009, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford with the Rev. Kristie Banes officiating. Interment will follow in the West View Cemetery in Radford. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216 or the charity of your choice. The Turner family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.