Roosevelt Turner


Roosevelt Manley Turner was born on January 30th, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio; the first born of the union of Roosevelt Turner Jr. and Irene Brooks-Turner. He was a life-long resident of Columbus.

Roosevelt, affectionately known as “T”, “Mr. T” or “Rosey”, was the patriarch of the Turner family and a beautiful soul. As a gentle giant he never met a stranger, was loved by countless, and a father figure to many. He met the love of his life, Linda Ann Broadnax-Turner in January 1980, they married March 1985 and enjoyed 36 years of marriage together; out of their union, they had 3 children: DerRick Anthony, DerRon Adam and Christina Danielle. As an adoring Dad and husband, he loved spending time with his wife and children, watching and talking sports with his sons, music with his daughter, and enjoyed playing and laughing with his granddaughters, Imani and Isabella, talking proudly of everyone all the time!

Growing up, he attended Brentnell Elementary, Eastmoor Jr and Eastmoor Sr High School in Columbus Public Schools. After high school, he served and traveled the world in the US Navy (1975-79), Naval Reserve (1979-81) and received a certificate in Electronics from DeVry University (1981). His work history included time with ADT, DFAS, COTA, and First Student. His family attended Woodland Christian Church as a youth, but he would ultimately give his Life to Christ in 1969 at Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, along with his mother Irene and sister Anita. Roosevelt would later become a member of New Covenant Believer’s Church with his wife and children for over 20 years.

With his long-time best friend Mike Burke, and close friends, Mike Zimmerman, Steve Spann, Ahmad Khair, and Willie McClendon, Roosevelt spent many great nights bowling in Columbus and surrounding states. Along with his love for bowling, he was a History buff, loved Old Westerns, Old-School Funk Music, and if you knew anything of Roosevelt, you knew his passion for his beloved Oakland Raiders Football! As a Raider Fan since 1969, he rarely missed a game and spent many Sunday Afternoons with his Raider Nation buddies, rooting on his team for years! He will truly be missed.

Roosevelt is preceded in death by his father, Roosevelt Turner Jr; paternal grandparents, Roosevelt Sr. and Gertrude Turner; maternal grandparents, Floyd and Annie Brooks; father-in-law, Arthur Broadnax; mother-in-law, Beverly Smith; uncles, Otis, Warren, Ronald, and Melvin Turner; and extended family.

Roosevelt leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Linda Ann Turner; children, DerRick Anthony Turner, DerRon Adam (Erica) Turner, and Christina Danielle Turner; granddaughters, Imani Yvonne and Isabella Payton Turner; mother, Evangelist, Dr. Irene Elizabeth Turner; sisters, Dr. Anita Michelle (Ronald) Watson-Bolden, Jeanette Irene (Michael) Reissland, and Lynnette Elizabeth Turner; aunt, Helen Turner; special Yorkie-Cockerpoo buddy, Kobe Bryant; and a host of nephews, several cousins, family, and many friends.

Public Visitation 9:00am, Private Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Friday, April 16, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.






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  1. We are so sad to hear about our raider buddy . Rest In Peace. Mark and Beth Stover

  2. Minister Ajagbe Yaw Kufanya

    I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers goes out to the Turner family during this time. Please be encouraged

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Minister Kufanya, we are encourage because of the outpouring of love shown to us during my husband passing. To be absent from the body is to be present with Lord!!! Thank you again.

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Minister Kufanya, We are encourage because of the outpouring of Love that was shown to us during my husband passing. I know Roosevelt is in a better place. To bed absent from the Lord is to bed present with the Lord. Much Love from the Turner family.❤

  3. Linda and family,

    May God’s comfort and love carry through the difficult days ahead. Love never dies, so let the love that T had for his family be with you always.

    Praying for you,
    Tim and Rhonda

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Tim and Rhonda, my heart is overwhelm, but just knowing that you care means a lot. I know Roosevelt is in a better place, to bed absent from the body is to bed present with the Lord!! Love you guys

  4. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our heartfelt condolences. May the God of all comfort help to ease the pain of your grief. Truly sorry for your loss.

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Gavin and Delores, we appreciaate you heartfelt condolence. Knowing that God does all things well, I know Roosevelt is sitting in his presence. Love you guys❤

  5. Pastor J.W. Matt & Elder Twauna Hennessee

    To the Turner Family: our thoughts and prayers of comfort and healing are with you now and always. I live in Portland, Oregon now but was alerted to Roosevelt’s earthly transition by one of our childhood neighbors, Tracy Swanson. We all grew up on Rosewood Avenue. We join you in mourning his death and convinced of new life. Blessings to each of you, Matt Hennessee

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Pastor and Elder, we appreciate your condolences, Roosevelt frequently talked about the families and his childhood experiences on Rosewood Avenue. I am convinced that he is resting in the arms of the Lord!! To be absent from the body is to be present with Lord. Thank you again!! With much love the Turner family

  6. Terry L Gilbert

    My condolences to the family .I first met Roosevelt at working Cota about 23 years ago , we always talked about our love for the Oakland Raiders ,and God and family he was real cool guy I will miss his smile and laughter ! I’m praying for his family that God will give them strength in this difficult time .

    • Linda A Turner

      Mr. Gilbert, thank you so much for the sentiments. He definitely loved his Raiders and his family. He will be missed. Thank you again and God bless you too! With much love the Turners

  7. To the Turner Family
    The Swanson family offers comfort as “T” Turner was a neighborhood brother we will miss.

    • Linda A Turner

      Tracy : Thank you so much for the offering of comfort, Roosevelt loved talking about the families and his childhood experiences of Rosewood, it always put a smile on his face. Thank you again and many blessing to you and your family. With Love from the Turners, Linda, DerRick , DerRon (Erica), Christina.

  8. Gregory & Karen Gary

    Im soo sorry for your loss. I’ve been watching the Raiders games with Roosevelt for years!! And being a friend of his was a true blessing!! Im gonna miss my buddy Velt!!

    • Linda A Turner

      Greg and Karen,
      Roosevelt mentioned of you a few times that you were a Raider’s buddy. He was actually trying to work on himself so he could be ready for the fall. new season, but God had a better plan. Thank you for your sentiment and being a true friend of his. He will be definitely missed!!! With Love from the Turners Linda, DerRick, DerRon (Erica) and Christina.

  9. To The Turner Family
    I work with Roosevelt at NCR and Share He was a giant of a guy with the same Personality and love are parties at work. and I always thought he had the best handwriting for a guy and he was so proud of that.He will be missed .

    • Linda A Turner


      Thank you for taking the time to speaking well of my husband. I did not realize he knew so many people and everyone have spoken well of him. Rosey’s handwriting was beautiful, when it came to writing I would let him write it because his writing was so much better than mines. He will be definitely missed! With Love from the Turners Linda , DerRick , DerRon (Erica) and Christina.

  10. My sincere condolences and prayers are with the family, I met Roosevelt awhile back he and I are avid Raiders fans and we loved to chop it up watching the silver and black. I will miss seeing him and will cherish the memories, may he rest in power, God bless!!

    • Linda A Turner


      Thank you Troy for the sentiments and prayers for my family. Roosevelt love going to the games watching his Beloved Raiders! He always remind me that he’s been a die-hard fan since 1969!! He will be definitely missed! May God bless you too. With Love, from the Turners Linda, DerRick, DerRon(Erica) and Christina

  11. I am so sorry to hear about Roosevelts’ passing. God Bless you and give you strength. We were both Bus Drivers at National Church Residences and Share Transportation and we spent time together talking about our jobs, family and life. He enjoyed talking about his experiences in the U.S. Navy and travels around the World. His love for his family was clear to see. I admired his compassion for our passengers and his dedication to helping others. The World will miss him. I will miss him and think of him often. Probably every time the Raiders lose another game, which means that I’ll be thinking about him a lot in the future ! Go Browns, Love you Buddy.

    • Linda A Turner

      Robert thank you for your sentiments, it is definitely God giving us and me strength! I also lost my mom in October 2020. So just shy of six months, I lost her and Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a gentle giant, he was always very considerate of others. I did not know that his world was so large and he knew everybody is a understatement. Maybe this year will be a Raiders year and you will think of him often. Thank you again, Raiders for life. With love from the Turners Linda, DerRick, DerRon (Erica) and Christina.

  12. To Linda, Aunt Irene and cousins, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by Roosevelt’s legacy of memories. May God continue to bless and keep you. We love you ! Your family in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, VA.

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Family, He loved his cousins and enjoyed visiting you all each time we were there in Virginia. The love you all shown to us was overwhelming, my heart cannot express the words I went to say but Thank you, Thank you so much for your support and love.

  13. I enjoyed talking to and working with Roosevelt at NCR/Share. He was a truly gentle soul and all around nice guy. He will be missed.

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank You Tammy for speaking well of my husband, he made mentioned of you. He always love getting to know someone the people at work. He definitely will be missed. With love from the Turners Linda, DerRick, DerRon (Erica) and Christina.

  14. Sending love and prayers to my Brodnax/Turner family. May the peace and comfort of God cover you through you heartfelt grief. Love always

    • Linda A Turner

      Thank you Martha for your prayers, Definitely the Peace of God has cover me and my family in this untimely death of my husband, especially since losing my Mom too. With love from the Turners Linda, DerRick, DerRon (Erica) and Christina

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