Phyllis Stokes Turner
February 15, 1952 – December 16, 2018
Phyllis Ann Stokes Turner, departed this life on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at Prince George’s Hospital. In Cheverly, Maryland.
Phyllis Stokes Turner was born on February 15, 1952 in Washington, D.C. to Hattie Lee Stokes and James McCoy. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Allen and Ruth Stokes. Phyllis attended public schools in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from Mary E. Phillips Elementary School, Adcock Junior High and Enloe Senior High School. Upon graduation from high school, she enrolled in St. Augustine’s College where she majored in accounting and earned the Bachelor’s degree in 1975. After graduating from St. Augustine’s, she worked in the banking industry and later settled in to property management.
Phyllis relocated to Washington, D.C. where she stayed with her Aunt Betty until her marriage to former husband, Larry Turner. Phyllis, continued her career in property management and worked at a number of property management companies, including the Lighthouse Group, Equity Management, Mayfair Mansions and the Golden Rule Apartments. She had the gift of organization and a flair for interior decorating. These skills helped her in her professional career and personal life.
Phyllis was baptized at Grace A. M.E. Zion Church in Raleigh, North Carolina and later became a member of the Wesleyan First Church of Deliverance, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Growing up in Raleigh, her grandparents made sure that she attended Sunday School and church service. She remained a member of Wesleyan First Church of Deliverance until her relocation to Washington, D.C. Her upbringing laid the foundation for her belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and held on to her faith in God until her departure from this life.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Lee Fortune Johnson, father, James C. McCoy and her grandparents, Allen and Ruth Stokes, brothers Steven Charles Stokes and Isaac Fortune, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory; sisters Kim Tyner (Dennis); Deborah Daids; Melina El and brothers Michael Allen Stokes (Velma); Labeeb Malik Abdullah (Jilletta) and James Daids (Dawana); Aunts; Betty Stokes Few, Denyce Stokes Calloway (Duane), Joyce Stokes Cromartie (Samuel); Uncles: Allen Stokes, Jr.; Willie Lee Stokes (Nancy) and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.