Elma B. Turner
Sunset: August 19, 2022
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2Timothy 4: 6-8
Elma Mariah Brayboy Turner was born in Williamsburg County on February 13, 1942 to the late Willie James, Sr. and Sally Brayboy. She departed this earthly life on Friday, August 19 at her home.
As a young girl, Elma always had a loving and caring heart. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. Being the oldest of eight siblings she was concerned about the well being of her younger sisters and brothers so much that she went out to work to help provide for them and to put a smile on their faces.
Elma was united in marriage to Mr. Charles Turner on September 16, 1972. To this union one child was born. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Elma joined St. Luke United Methodist Church at a very young age. She served faithfully as the president of the Senior Choir, chairperson of the Epworth Local Church, and chairperson for Evangelism and Witness. She was over Communion, a member of the Trustee Board and SPPRC. She was also a member of the Usher Board. Elma also attended services regularly at Kingdom Living Temple under the pastorship of Rev. Leo Woodberry.
As a longtime resident of Florence County, Elma was a member of the Willing Workers OES Chapter 319 and an advisory mother for the Mary B.Thomas Girls Youth Circle. She was a proud member of the local Red Hat Society. She was a background singer for Evangelist Christine B. Anderson and the New Creation Gospel Singers.
Elma was employed with Marlowe Manufacturing and Skyline Manufacturing for a number of years. She owned and operated her own daycare for several years. She worked with the Senior Citizens Association and was a part-time employee of Graham and Godwin Funeral Home Staff.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Willie James “Big Boy” Brayboy, Jr. and Shirley Dee Brayboy.
Elma leaves to cherish her precious memories a devoted husband Mr. Charles Turner; one loving son, Mr.Keith Turner; one grandson, Chantler Turner and one goddaughter, Tiesha Brayboy; three sisters, Annie Laura Brayboy of Florence, SC, Christine B. Anderson and Jackee Moore of Lake City; four brothers, Nathaniel (Annette) Brayboy of Hemingway, SC, Gary(Greta) Brayboy of Olanta, SC, Larry (Mary) Brayboy and Jimmy Lee both of Lake City; two brothers-in-law, John Spates of North Carolina and Willie Edward Hanna of Lake City; five sisters-in-law, Shirley Burgess and Hattie (Jessie) McFadden of Lake City, Dorothy Spates of Florence, Lillie Spates of Florida and Elizabeth McFadden of New Jersey; one aunt, Jean Brayboy of Kingstree, SC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.