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Marcus Durand Turner
December 15, 1967 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 56) 56 Years Old
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On December 15, 1967, just ten days before Christmas, Clarence and Reathie M. (Hodge) Turner were blessed with a gift. The bundle of joy came in that of a son. They proudly named him Marcus Durand Turner. He was the oldest of three children born to this union. As life went on, he preferred to be called by his middle name, Durand.
At an early age, he and his family were strong in the Christian faith. He confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized by his then pastor, the late Bishop C.H. Nelson. Growing up in the Nelson Memorial Church of God in Christ, he was active in the ministries and continued to grow under the leadership of the late Bishop Alva C. Nelson. Remaining a lifetime member, he expressed his desire to continue fellowship at Jericho City, under Pastor Brian Nelson, Sr. who he had full confidence in as a man of God.
Durand received his formal education in the Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. and graduated from Jersey Village High School. He went on to begin his undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He soon furthered his education by attending The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a private art university in Santa Clarita, California. There he earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree.
Having a desire to teach others, he began a career in education. Trinity Valley Community College, Houston Community College, Lone Star College and South Texas College were some of the institutions he served as a professor. Loving the scenery of the west coast, he resided in California for several years before returning to the Houston area. While in Houston, he worked in the private school arena for quite some time.
Family was of great value to Durand. He found joy in spending time with his niece and nephews. Loyalty was characteristic that truly lived within him. He will be greatly missed by all that came into his life.
On January 22, 2024, the Lord saw fit to call Durand from earthly labor to sweet rest. He is preceded in death by: his father, Clarence Turner; paternal grandparent, Mother Gertrude Lynch; maternal grandparents, Norman Sr. and Paralee (Washington) Hodge; two uncles, George Turner and Kirley Lynch; and one aunt, Yolanda Hodge.
Countless memories will remain in the hearts of: his mother, Reathie M. Turner; one sister, Tiffany Turner; one brother, Chad Turner; his nephews, Kobi, Dante and Jayden; his niece, Aviana; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.