Junious Tyler-Turner II
Junious Tyler-Turner, II passed away on November 4, 2010, in San Diego, California. He was born in 1962 in Virginia and attended John Tyler Community College and Howard University. He was employed by the A. D. Price Funeral Home in Richmond, and later by The Hecht Company, and Woodward and Lothrop in Washington, DC. and Marshall Fields in Chicago. He was most recently a Locator Coordinator for Saks Fifth Avenue in San Diego, until the closing of that store earlier this year. Junious was an enthusiastic member of the Lambda Squares in Washington, DC, and the Chi-Town Squares of Chicago, both gay square dancing organizations. He attended many fly-ins and IAGSDC conventions, and was especially fond of the Harvest Festival Hoedown, held in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
Junious is survived by his mother, Louise McCowan, his step-mother, Elizabeth Turner, four brothers, six sisters, several aunts, uncles, and many cousins, close friends Barbara Robinson, of North Carolina, Michael Olivas of California, Winnie Feldman-Lindauer, and Lee Magnuson of Washington, DC, all of whom will miss him greatly and cherish his memory. He was preceded in death by his father, Junious Turner, Sr.
His Saks Fifth Ave family celebrated his life on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at sunset at the Lily Pond located in Balboa Park in San Diego. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. at First Union Baptist Church, 1463 Caldwell Rd., Crozier, Virginia 23039 and enterment services at 1 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Avenue, Manakin, Virginia.
I met Junious at the Raleighwood Squares MoonDance fly-in. He was dressed as one of Robin Hood's Merry Men, complete with green tights and money pouch, but also a weird mask in the form of a bird beak. I accused him of beating me up with his beak whacking my face and his money pouch pounding me as he twirled. We laughed until we cried. He sent me a Christmas card with his photo, and I framed the photo and it sits in my foyer. Boy, this is sad news. — Clara Welch
A really warm and wonderful guy. I'll miss his embrace and friendly conversations. He hosted me one year at Chicago Crossfire. I got to know Junius much better then and whenever we saw each other at other flyins and conventions, he was always ebullient and a joy to be with. — Alan Hirsch