Jackie Wayne Turnbow

Jackie, 62 years, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, from complications resulting in cardiac failure.

Jackie was born May 18, 1957 at Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital, the son of the late Ralph Edward and Geneva (nee Crotts) Turnbow. He attended Pemiscot County R3 School and graduated from Caruthersville High School in 1975.

Tragedy struck Jackie on May 20, 1978 when he became a quadriplegic as the result of an automobile crash. With the devotion of his Mother for the rest of her life, he lived using a wheelchair with the help of family and care givers.

Recently preceded in death by his Sister, Judy (nee Turnbow) Crockrell, he is the brother of Joseph R. (Cathy) Turnbow, Carolyn J. (nee Turnbow) Elphingstone, James M. (Verna), Charles J. (Debbie) and John E. (Betty) Turnbow.

River Oaks Care Center in Steele was Jackie’s home for most of the last two years. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the administrator, Lisa Kelly, and staff for the love and concern provided him during his stay and while in the hospital. In addition, Jackie’s family extends appreciation to Dr. Abdullah Arshad, ICU Nurse Kristi Peters and the entire staff of Pemiscot Memorial Hospital who provided caring support to Jackie and his family at this difficult time.

Jackie chose to give others life by using his driver license to sign up to be an organ donor. With full support of his family, Mid-America Transplant facilitated fulfilling Jackie’s last wish. His gifts have helped over 75 people. Two people regained sight, two received new kidneys, and others received gifts that improved their quality of life.

Jackie’s final resting place will be near his Mother and Father in Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville, MO. Visitation will be in the H.S. Smith Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10-11. Memorial services follow at 11 with committal service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mid-America Transplant (midamericatransplant.org) are appreciated.

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