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Education leader Rex Turner Sr. dies


Rex Allwin Turner Sr., longtime educational leader died Feb. 13 at age 87.

Turner was instrumental in the founding of Montgomery Bible College, which later became Alabama Christian College and Faulkner University; of Alabama Christian Academy; and of Alabama Christian School of Religion, which became Southern Christian University, all in Montgomery.

Turner began his work in establishing educational institutions in 1942 when, along with Joe B. Greer and Leonard Johnson, he began Montgomery Bible School with a few modest buildings.

Turner was an avid Bible student. He taught and preached for more than 60 years and earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate. His sermons were published in more than 40 books. He was editor of the Gospel Advocate Annual Lesson Commentary for five years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Opal Shipp Turner and by a daughter June Jacqueline Long. He is survived by a daughter Mary Ellen Hargis, Nashville, Tenn., and a son Rex A. Turner Jr., Montgomery, Ala.

Filed under: Obituaries Staff Reports

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