February 27, 1948 – June 15, 2020
We are gathered here today for the homegoing celebration of Athens Lorraine Turner Peterson. She was born on February 27,1948 to the late Allen and Geraldine Turner. She departed this earthly life on Monday, June 15, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Anyone that knew Athens knew that she was a giver, had a big heart, was a hard worker, and a busy body who found comfort in getting things done. She was a creative personality who loved to decorate, cook, sew, and travel. One of her many talents was bowling, where she competed in numerous tournaments and was awarded several championship trophies.
Athens, known by most as “AT”, retired from the Navy Exchange in 2010 after 15 years of service at the U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. She retired early so that she could move to New York and care for her mother after her health began to decline. This was the type of woman that she was, caring, selfless, and willing to arrange her life so that she could be of service to those that she loved.
Athens also had an active spiritual life and was respected as the Mother of New Beginning Prophetic Outreach Ministries while residing in Norfolk, Virginia and The House of Prayer of Deliverance in Rockingham, North Carolina once she relocated to North Carolina in 2014.
Athens was the matriarch of the family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren who so lovingly called her “Mow Mow”. She was a woman who was full of life, love, kindness, and wisdom. All of which she has blessed those that she’s touched to keep with them as her influence continues on forever.
Athens is proceeded in death by her loving brother, William Sherl Turner.
Her legacy will be carried on by three beloved children, Patrick Turner (and spouse, Catherine) of Candor, North Carolina; daughters, Cassandra Lucas (and spouse, Parris) of Portsmouth, Virginia and Teressa Dunlap of Norfolk, Virginia; siblings, Eric Turner of Macon, Georgia; Edmund Kelvin Turner (and spouse, Donnal) of Dalzell, South Carolina; Katrina Gomillion of Norfolk, Virginia and step-brother, Brian Turner of Statesville, North Carolina; granddaughters, Lasean Tardd, Kinda Turner, La‘Tia Turner, La’Keisha Price, Brittany Turner and Ariel Turner and great granddaughters, Cha’Jadah Childress-Turner and Ari’Onna Zellner; nieces, Dawn Brooks (and spouse, Tariq), Katrina Hamasaki and Lachelle Gomillion; great niece, Lytajah Barrett; nephews, Gemel Gomillion, Elijah Gomillion (and spouse, Heather) and Marcus Gomillion and great nephews, Shamar Gomillion, Deontae Barrett, Lamon Barrett, and Taonne Barrett.
Athens will be forever cherished by her family and dear friends.
For those of you that don’t know what a Military Mom is, let me enlighten you. A military mom is the oldest military wife and a group of friends that are also military. She teaches and nurtures the new military wives about the lives that they married into. She uplifts she edifies she encourages and she enlightens. Athens PETERSON otherwise known as a T was my military mom. I won’t miss her because she remains in my heart. Sending love and light to the TURNER family and PETERSON family.
Family…my heart is heavy and saddened as we release my beloved cousin. I will deeply miss our chats and her infectious laughter! She meant the world to me, but especially because she put her own life aside and came to take care of her mom, my beloved Aunt Gerri during her last days. I loved her more for that! May cuz rest in peace and eternal sweet bliss with the loved ones on the other side. Until one day we meet again, gone but truly not forgotten!
To my beloved family, our hearts are heavy from the loss of my beloved sister, but sustained by the thoughts of the joyous reunion with Ma Gerri (our Golden Butterfly) and Shirl. I can ONLY imagine the joy they have experienced when meeting her at the gates. Athens, my sister of the heart, you are truly going to be missed. Family our hearts are with you on this difficult day as you say your final goodbyes.
WOW Ma Athens it’s true, my heart it’s eternally grateful for the encouragement you always gave to your Albemarle Dr daughter. Family please accept my sincerest condolences I know Mom is resting in the bosom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My prayers are continually with you.