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Barbara McPeters Turner

June 14, 1938 — May 30, 2022

Marion, North Carolina


Barbara McPeters Turner, age 83, of Marion, North Carolina passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 with her loving family by her side. A native of McDowell County, Barbara was born on June 14, 1938 to the late Jesse and Geneva McEntyre McPeters.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Turner and one son-in-law, Ricky Benfield.


Barbara was a longtime member of Clinchfield United Methodist Church and retired from the McDowell County School cafeteria system. She was an avid L.A. Dodgers and Duke Blue Devils fan. She was known as a very independent, hardworking woman who loved the Lord and working with The Shepherd’s Table. Barbara was a loving mother, granny, sister and great-granny, who enjoyed crocheting and was an excellent cook.


Left to cherish her memories are three children, Debra Simpson (Bobby), Brenda Benfield and Keith Turner (Rita); four siblings, Carolyn Boles, Ruth Weiler, Dorothy Autrey and Gerald McPeters (Gayla); seven grandchildren, Dylan Simpson, Amber Callahan (Chris), Ricky Brandon Benfield (Lindsey), Cory Benfield (Stephanie), Haley Robinson (Brandon), Sarah Turner and Kalynn Turner. Also surviving Barbara are six great-grandchildren, Mason Simpson, Paisley Simpson, Colton Callahan, Chase Callahan, Emma Benfield, Liana Robinson and one on the way; and special friend, Sonny Bartle.


The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Clinchfield United Methodist Church with Reverends Walter Pegues and Jeff Duncan officiating. Interment will follow the service at McDowell Memorial Park.


Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make a donation in Barbara’s memory are asked to consider, The Shepherd’s Table, PO Box 429, Marion, North Carolina. 28752.


The family wishes to give a special thanks to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, especially Susan Jimison.

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory

2170 Rutherford Rd, Marion, NC 28752

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Clinchfield United Methodist Church

151 Ridge Rd, Marion, NC 28752

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