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Almond Turner arrives home; visitation on Sunday
almond turner arrives home via law enforcement escort
The late Almond Turner arrives home Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, and was escorted through the Covington Square by law enforcement. - photo by Michael Pope

COVINGTON, Ga. — The late Almond Turner arrived back home in Covington Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, after traveling more than 300 miles from Meridan, Mississippi, where he tragically passed away last weekend.

The late Almond Turner arrives home

The late Almond Turner arrives home Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, and was escorted through the Covington Square by law enforcement.

Along the square, the Covington community paid respects to the late Turner as he was escorted to Lester, Lackey & Sons Funeral Home by law enforcement agencies — including the Covington Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, Newton County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol. 

"This is a tremedous lost for the entire community," CPD Capt. Ken Malcom said. "We are going to do our best to honor him for the rest of our careers. Be more like Almond."

Turner, a Newton County native, retired in 2016 after 19 years as assistant police chief in Covington; he was also an active reserved deputy sheriff for the NCSO. 

Prior to his death, Turner was a sixth-term board member for the Newton County Board of Education. The board will have a special meeting at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, to consider a resolution in honor of the late Turner.

The Turner family will hold visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers. Turner was a deacon at the church.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Springfield Baptist Church. The service will be live-streamed at sbcgrowth.church.

In lieu of flowers, the Turner family has requested donations be made to the Covington Police Who Care Fund at the CPD, located at 1143 Oak St. SE, Covington, GA 30014-2816.

Michael Pope, sports editor, contributed to this article.