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Former Lodi News-Sentinel managing editor James Turner dies

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am

James Hasselton Turner, former newspaper editor and bookstore owner, died at his Lodi home, June 1. He was 87.

He was born Aug. 1, 1925 in Pacolet, S.C., and moved to California in 1952. Later he answered an ad for a reporter at the Lodi News-Sentinel, where he was eventually promoted to managing editor. After leaving the News-Sentinel in the 1960s, he opened Jim Turner's Bookstore on School Street and operated it for many years.

During his life he worked as a bicycle messenger, cafeteria manager, high school teacher for veterans, furniture assembler and real estate agent. He pursued many hobbies, including amateur radios. He composed hundreds of poems during his life.

He is survived by his wife Lee, his children James Turner and Melanie Turner, five grandsons and two granddaughters.

According to his wishes, there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95204.

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