May 12--From the carpet industry to banking to health care to education, Jackson P. "Jack" Turner made a mark on Dalton and Whitfield County.
"I have just been getting calls all day from people in the community telling me of all the things he has done for them and for this community, and it isn't just Dalton," said Andy Walker, CEO of Alliance National Bank, which Turner founded and served as chairman for 14 years. "I've been getting calls from across the state telling me how much they miss him."
Turner, 89, passed away on Monday.
"I miss him so much," Walker, who is Turner's son-in-law, said. "He was like a father to me, and it's hard to express just how empty I feel right now."
A Dalton native, Turner worked for carpet maker Cabin Crafts for 20 years in various capacities, including as treasurer, executive vice president and vice president. He was also very active in Dalton's banking community for more than 40 years.
"He originally served on the board of what was then the First Bank of Dalton and the Bank of Dalton," Walker said. "He was grandfathered in and was one of the last people in the state of Georgia who had the privilege of serving on the boards of two different banks in the same town at the same time. That's not something you can do now."
Over the years, Turner served as chairman of the Dalton State College Foundation, the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, the Carpet and Rug Institute and the Georgia Ports Authority, and as a trustee of Shorter College in Rome.
One of his most long-lasting associations was with Hamilton Medical Center.
"Since beginning his involvement with Hamilton Memorial Hospital in 1959, Jack Turner has been at the center of ensuring Hamilton Health Care System remains a state-of-the-art, mission-focused health care provider for the northwest Georgia region," Jeffrey D. Myers, president and CEO of Hamilton Health Care System, said in a statement.
At the time of his death, Turner was a trustee of Hamilton Health Care System, where he served as chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and also served on affiliate boards of trustees for Royal Oaks retirement community and Hamilton Long Term Care.
Turner was one of the principal founders of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation in 1975, and he was designated a Life Associate by the foundation in 1986 and awarded the Humanitarian Award in 1988.
Turner was inducted into the Dalton Education Foundation Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame in 2007.
Services for Turner will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Dalton First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends in the atrium of the church on Thursday from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
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