Alan L. Turner


Lawrence Alan Turner, affectionately known as Alan, was surrounded by his family when he was peacefully called home on Thursday February 20, 2020. He was born on March 18, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio to Lawrence and Martha Turner. As a child he attended Glass City Church of Christ with his family, was baptized at the age of 15 and frequently visited churches in Columbus as an adult. Alan graduated from Rogers High School in 1975. After graduation he attended the University of Toledo, however he decided to pursue his passion and enrolled in the Toledo Academy where he received his cosmetology license. While working as a hair stylist in Toledo, he participated in hair shows throughout the city and won numerous awards for his hair design.

Alan relocated to Columbus in the late 70’s to further his career in hair styling. His first job in Columbus was at “Head Hunters” the hair salon on The Ohio State University. He later became the manager of the famous beauty salon “Natural Motions” on Livingston Ave. Alan worked in various salons in the city, eventually retiring from Christopher’s Hair Salon in 2012. As a lover of all things fashion, Alan became a partner with his mom at her women’s consignment shop “Revive Boutique” on Alum Creek and managed the store until its closing in 2015.

Alan was very outgoing and charismatic, to know was to love him. He was extremely artistic and creative. He enjoyed cooking gourmet dishes, drawing, and designing. He was an avid reader of cookbooks and fashion magazines; GQ was his favorite.

Alan’s health began to fail in 2018 but he remained energetic and caring, always in good spirits no matter what was going on around him. He will truly be missed by family and friends.

Alan was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Turner; maternal grandparents, Ethel and John McNeal; and paternal grandparents, Bonie and Yarlar Turner. He will be forever remembered by his mother, Martha Turner McFollins; sister, Deborah (John) Lockett; brother, Martin (Katherine) Turner; Godsister, Shawne Williams; nieces, Daniela (Glenn) Hewins, Alana (Trey) Hartley, and Martina and Victoria Turner; great-nieces, Janai and Jianna Jenkins, Nyla Turner-Watkins; great-nephews, Jalyn Jenkins, Brylan and Brennen Harltey; special cousin, Janice Kimmones; special friend, Onda Foster; and a host of loving cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Memorial Service 2:00 PM Friday, February 28, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Peter and James Ross

    My prayers and condolences to the family. Alan will be truly missed he was a wonderful person

  2. Allen was a nice person will miss him. So sad so young

  3. Allen was a nice person will miss him. So sad so young

  4. Lisa Jennings Jones

    My prayers and condolences to the family. He was a nice person.

  5. Missing you already Alan in my heart you will always stay.Sending prayers and comfort to the family.

  6. So many good memories of Alan , he was one of the baddest hairstylist in the City. Just a good guy. Alan, Todd Foster and I had some laughing good times back in the day when we worked at “Over Our Heads on Parsons. Saddened by your sudden loss and you will remain in my thoughts. Family my heart felt sympathy to you all. Alan will be missed

  7. The Chappelle/Blue Family

    Cousin Alan…Your Raeford, North Carolina family will miss you. We were so glad for all the times you came down with Janice and Ashlie to hang with us, party with us, cook with us, so many memories!!!! We love you Cuz and we will never forget you!!!

  8. Terry Lee Riley (Terry's Sew Room)

    Alan I enjoyed you so much as my neighbor along with your mom at the Market on Livingston and Alum Creek. I also remember the beautiful dish you prepared for me. You surprised me it was almost to beautiful to eat which I enjoyed every bite. I really appreciated the little touches a tuck here a belt there to enhance my garments. Thank you for being in my life for a moment. I will always remember your smile and your laughter that brought me such joy. God Bless. My heart goes out to your lovely mom and family.

  9. Our deepest condolences to the family of Alan Turner. Alan was a good friend of our brother Bernie. I’m sure they’ll meet again.

  10. Make sure that you keep them looking good up there

    Rih you will be truly missed you always kept me laughing

  11. My world became a little bit darker when I heard Alan passed. I have known Alan since 1978. He was a wonderful, creative and kind person. I loved him like a brother and I will miss him dearly. God Bless and keep his family surrounded with Love.
    Ennis Houston

  12. Cheryl Jackson-Colleli

    My heartfelt condolences to the Turner family. Alan was a very quiet, elegantly understated person. An excellent hairstylist who brought joy to my heart and a smile to my face; every time he styled my hair. He will be forever missed.

  13. Alan, Missing You Already, Fly High, Something Beautiful Remains..Alan, Like You Use to Say, My Sincere Condolences..To You Mother Martha, and Your Family!..

  14. Feels like I lost another family member…kind, sweet Alan. For a long time, we laughed, worked, partied, cooked, argued and talked plenty of trash at Natural Motions and beyond…man! we had fun. Alan is family to us and we’ll always remember that smile and that laugh. Nobody is like Alan. My deepest condolences to Martha and Debbie and his family. God promised at Revelations 21:4…and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. the former things have passed away..

  15. Thoughts and prayers from the Floyd family.

  16. Vena (Anitavee's Home Decor)

    My deepest condolences to Ms. Martha and family. I remember chatting with Alan on several occasions when I had a booth in the Alum Creek Shoppes. He was always so pleasant and enjoyable to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Alan you were a great hair stylist .
    You made the worst looking dried up hair come to life and you smiled as you performed sugery. Every customer left walking with their head up. It was great
    working with you guys at Natural Motion. Rest Easy

  18. Brenda Jackson-Cross

    Cousin Alan, so many good memories centered around laughs, shopping, and food. Now I’m certain my sister, Ruth will have someone to laugh with! You will be missed.

  19. To Mrs.Turner-McFollins, Debbie, Marty and family.
    May you look to the hills, from where your help, (strength) comes from. May God comfort and strengthen you, in this season.

    Leslie and Bernetta Boyd


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