Evelyn Turner, 81, was born on July 2, 1936 in Ragtown, Arkansas by a midwife, to the union of John Turner and Ruth Barner-Starr. Evelyn accepted Christ at an early age and was united with Greater First Baptist Church where she enjoyed serving the Lord by ushering and singing in the choir.
Evelyn grew up in Holly Grove, Arkansas and then moved to West Helena, Arkansas as a young adult where she met and married Joe Henry Toney. In 1978 she moved to Milwaukee, WI where she united in holy matrimony with Edward Gillion. She was a devoted member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church where she continued to serve the Lord as an usher.
Evelyn is survived by her loving children; Norris Turner of IL, Joann Clayton (Johnnie), Renae McCovery (DeMoin), Walter Toney (Cynthia) of Wisconsin. She is also survived by one brother; James Starr of Kansas, three sisters; Addie V. Abrams of Holy Grove, Ida Ruth Burress of Tennessee, Jeanie Bradley of Iowa and her sister-in-law; Mozell Turner.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel, 126 Panama Road, West Helena AR from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Funeral Services will follow immediately at 12:00 noon at Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel, West Helena AR. Interment will be at the Pine City Cemetery, Pine City AR. Jackson – Highley Funeral Home have been entrusted to the services.