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Ocie James Turner Sr. was born on March 24, 1942 to John (Jim) Lapsley and Parthenia Turner in Uniontown Alabama.
Upon relocating to Fort Wayne with his mother who was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, he accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized under the leadership of Reverend John Dixie.
Ocie graduated from Central High School where he played football. After graduating he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of duty he returned to Fort Wayne and began his career with Zollner Piston, from which he retired after 32 years of service.
An avid bowler, Ocie was a member of the Westwood Bowling league, he carrier an average of 300. He was a spokesperson for the Masonic Lodge, also serving as Commander of the Selmer Kendrick VFW.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Ocie Jr.; daughter, Joy Moore; and siblings; John Lapsley and Cynthia Lapsley.
Ocie leaves to cherish his memory his children Lynn Foote, Regina (Curtis), Keith, Ocie James, Tia, Trulaine, Trent (Heather), Vashon (Angel), Olajuwon, Tara, and Dietrich (Dawn); 23 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by five brothers; J.C., Jerry, Alfred, and Phillip Lapsley and four sisters; Dorothy (Chester) Brooks, Allie Tancy Flowkes, Freida (Doug) Lewis and Janice Suggs.