Turner remembered as singer, sports enthusiast


Maurice Turner brought joy to his family and anyone who knew him, his mother said.

Dollins Turner — the mother of Maurice Turner, who was killed in a stabbing Sunday — recalled her son as a kind soul who doted on his children and friends. Maurice worshipped at New Direction Baptist Church, where he sang with the choir.

“He was real outgoing,” Dollins Turner said on Tuesday. “He would come through the house singing. Ever since he was 6 years old, he would sing a lot of different songs.”

One particular song that she remembers especially keenly is called “We Are Soldiers in the Army.”

“He loved his family. And he really loved his kids,” Dollins Turner said. “And he loved his mother and father.”

Besides being dedicated to church, Maurice played baseball and basketball as a child and loved watching all kinds of sporting events on television. In more recent years, Maurice played dominoes with friends in Pine Bluff.

“He loved his sports, and he was always helping people,” Dollins Turner said. “And he loved barbecuing.”

Maurice Turner, an employee at Tyson Chicken, also enjoyed fishing in nearby streams.

“Wherever the fish were biting, he would fish,” Dollins Turner said.

Arrangements for Turner’s funeral are incomplete and will be announced later by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary.