In Memory

James Everett Turner III

James Everett Turner III

James E. Turner, III, age 66, of Smyrna, Delaware, passed away at home on Thursday, December 28, 2017.  Delaware is a safer and better place thanks to the life and work of Jamie Turner.  As a firefighter, as the calm voice in the middle of years of hurricanes, floods and snowstorms, and as trainer of generations of first responders, Jamie’s legacy is a state full of men and women who know, as he would say, that “if you lose your head, you’ll lose your ass!’’

Born James Everett Turner, III on July 16, 1951 to the late James E. Turner, Jr. and Florence Turner, Jamie graduated from John Bassett Moore High School in Smyrna in 1969 and continued his studies at Delaware Technical & Community College.

Jamie is survived by his wife, Debbie, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage and happiness; his daughters Kim Wilson (Mike), Katelyn Olson (Sean) and the loves of his life- his grandchildren Keegan and Kolton Olson and Madelyn and Harper Wilson.  He is survived by his sister, Melanie Meyers, his “bonus” daughter Laura Wisler, and his lap dog, Holly.  He was preceded in death by his brother Stephen Turner.  He was so proud of his family, much as they were of him.

Please join family and friends in a celebration of Jamie’s life.  A viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 11am to 1pm at the Clayton Fire Hall, located at 300 East Street in Clayton.  Masonic services will begin at 1pm, followed by the celebration of life services.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clayton Fire Company, c/o Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1050, Clayton, DE 19938.  Condolence letters may be sent by visiting