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Fallen Soldier Is Remembered

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Dozens of people gathered to remember a fallen soldier from Breathitt County.

WYMT's Peter O'Connor was at the visitation for Sergeant Estell Lee Turner.

The mood at the visitation was what you might expect it to be, full of sadness and pain but there was also plenty of love and admiration for a man that gave his family and his country everything he had to give.

Sergeant Estell Lee Turner, or Lee to his friends and family, died July 2nd from injuries sustained while defending the red, white, and blue in Afghanistan while on Operation: Enduring Freedom.

People who came to the visitation in Jackson describe Turner as the life of the party and someone you could always count on.

“As for me and the rest of my platoon I can't speak on their behalf but they were always counting on Turner. Specialist Turner and we would have done anything that we would have to do for him to give him he would execute quickly,” Staff Sergeant Lucas Pedigo said.

“He was full of personality. He loved to play the guitar he was a very good good guitar player. He like to ride motorcycles and do all things that I guess cool guys like to do,” Mary Turner said.

Turner's sister in law, Mary Turner, says the family is doing as good as you might expect and is taking it one hour at a time.

She and Turners’ platoon leader Staff Sergeant Lucas Pedigo remember the good times.

The Patriot Guard Riders were at the visitation to show their respects for one of their own.

“We take it very personal that one of our own... We wouldn't do anything less for any other military member but it kind of hits home for us when one of own goes down,” Mike Whitaker said.

Sergeant Turner is survived by his wife Leah Ann and daughter Lyda Marie and family, he was 43 years old.

The funeral for Sergeant Turner is Friday morning at ten at the funeral home.


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