Charles Edward Turner, 92, loving husband and family elder quietly passed away on December 18, 2018. He was born September 27, 1926 in Swissvale, PA to Charles Turner and Annabelle Pickett.
Chuck grew up in Pittsburg, PA and moved to Chicago, IL as a teenager following his mother’s early passing. When of age, he entered the U.S. Navy and served during World War II with distinction. While in the service, he learned bodybuilding and boxing. He often shared stories of his experience and how proud he was when family visited his exhibitions. Leaving the Navy, Chuck landed in Boston near his brother Roosevelt where he met the love of his life, Marion James. They married in 1950 and started a family.
Most of us remember Charles Turner as “Chuck the Mover.” A visionary, hard worker and entrepreneur, he started a moving company and then used furniture business on Roxbury Street in the early 1950’s. The business later relocated to Washington Street and continued to serve the community for many years. Many people remember buying furniture or being moved by Chuck. He was always willing to offer a good deal or help out anyone in need, even if they couldn’t pay. He believed in people over profit. As his businesses thrived, he opened a new furniture store, a restaurant, and a club.
He loved music and managed several bands and performers over the years. Everyone knew Chuck. In his later years, you could still find him on Washington Street fixing items or talking to his many friends who would stop by and chat. It seems Chuck knew everyone, and they knew him. His friendly personality and generosity will not be forgotten.
Chuck loved his family and lovingly referred to them as “suga baby.” He offered special attention and love to each one without exception. Whether near or far, they were family. His grandchildren all affectionately called him “Daddy Pop.” He also cherished knowing that they loved him back. As a long-time member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Chuck served on the Layman’s Committee. His spiritual family was also very important to him.
Charles Edward Turner is survived by his wife Marion and 5 children Charlesetta Wilder (Roosevelt), Marion Walker, Larry Turner Sr. (Tanya), Tyrone Thornton Sr. (Hazel) and Robert Thornton Sr. (Barbara), and sister Lillie Beatrice Landing in Chicago. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Anabelle Turner, 3 sisters Celeste White, Rosealie Farrar and Alberta Spraggins; 3 brothers Roosevelt Turner, Albert Turner and Leonard Turner; and daughter Ruth “Sissy” Owens. Also mourning his loss is 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. Rest in Peace.