Dolores "Dee" Anne Turner

May 2, 2022

Dolores Anne McClung Turner (Dee), age 75, peacefully passed away on the evening of Monday, May 2, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounded by her family, after a valiant fourteen-year battle with cancer. She leaves behind her loving husband Edward Turner of Charlotte, with whom she shared nearly 55 years of marriage. Together, they had two daughters, Kimberly, married to Josh Helms, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, and Leslie, married to Joel Sandock, of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Dee leaves behind seven cherished grandchildren, Katherine and Anna Helms, and Leah, Seth, Allyson, Emerson, and Elizabeth Sandock; her sister Joyce McClung Hartzler, niece Michelle Lynch and family, and nephew Tommy Kinsey and family.

Dee was born on June 19, 1946 in Charleston, West Virginia, the first of three daughters born to John and Anne McClung. After Dee graduated from South Charleston High School in 1964, she attended Marshall University, where she earned a bachelor of science in dietetics and a master of science in food and nutrition management. She married her high school sweetheart Eddie on June 17, 1967. Several years after Ed’s service in the United States Army, they moved to Charlotte in 1973, where they started their family and made their home for the last 48 years. Dee worked for many years as a registered dietician, including at the Mecklenburg County Elderly Nutrition Program and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. A faithful, long-time member of St. John’s Baptist Church, she was a founder of the Hunger Committee and later served as president of Women of the Church. Dee belonged to the Joy Sunday School class, where she deepened her discipleship amongst wonderful women of God. In recent years, she found great joy in organizing the Senior Christmas Luncheon for elderly church members. Dee was an avid reader and enjoyed the fellowship within Charlotte’s Kosmos book club. Most especially, she fiercely loved her family, who will do their best to honor her legacy by living with hope and courage.

Dee was profoundly blessed by the healthcare professionals who truly made a difference during her journey, including oncologists Dr. James Hall and Dr. Jubilee Brown and their staffs; the innumerable doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff at Levine Cancer Institute; and the team at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte. She said more than once that she received excellent medical care and “soul-nourishing moments” that made her a better patient. Her family is forever grateful.

Dee was predeceased by her father John Norris McClung, mother Anne Londeree McClung, and sister Joanne McClung Short.

A service in celebration of Dee’s life will be held at St. John’s Baptist Church on Monday, May 16, at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Endowment Fund or the St. John’s Music Ministry; 300 Hawthorne Lane; Charlotte, NC 28204.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Barry Pronier

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Pam McClure-Vicars

    Ores(Dee) was a close high school friend. We were roommates our freshman year at Marshall University. I have many fond memories of Ores
    Throughout our teenage years, we laughed and shared our innermost thoughts. I often remember those days. Ores was one of the kindest and real people I have ever known! Rest In Peace, Ores. Thoughts and prayers to Eddie and the family. Pam

  • Leslie Londeree

    What can one say about such a beautiful person inside and out.
    I have such wonderful memories of playing cards until all hours when Linda and I would spend summers in West Virginia, watching Ores write letters to Eddie almost every evening when he was in the service, going to Wildwood, NJ for the beach when it rained non-stop for days, roller skating in Mom and Pop's basement and swinging around the poles listening to 45s, making special boxes to watch the solar eclipse, riding the Tilt- A-Whirl, going swimming in the quarry, your making me feel welcome as the "baby" cousin in WVa, eating crabs in Baltimore, etc.
    Ores, I was blessed to have you in my life as my "big" cousin and as one of the sweetest people I have ever known.
    Sending lots of love and hugs to all of your sweet children, grandchildren and most of all your best partner in life.