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Remembering Matt Turner
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By Carolyn Crow and Jackie Calhoun
Carolyn Crow is a life-long resident of Gurdon where she has raised a family and worked in education while devoting her life to God, her church, her family and her friends.

Jackie Calhoun is a a resident of Arkadelphia where he takes a ...
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Carolyn Crow is a life-long resident of Gurdon where she has raised a family and worked in education while devoting her life to God, her church, her family and her friends.

Jackie Calhoun is a a resident of Arkadelphia where he takes a downhome view of life and Christianity.
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July 11, 2013 12:01 a.m.
By Carolyn Crow
March 1, 2013 12:01 a.m.



There are some people who are naturally born with charm and charisma. They are personable and full of life. They do amazing things such as winning the friendship of almost everyone they meet. They are noted for their drive to conquer and a will to change the world.

There is no question these traits were found in News Anchor Matt Turner.  He was just that kind of a guy.

Matt, as we all know lived a precious life of 32 years before transitioning to heaven to be with his heavenly and earthly father.  His life was as a beautiful canvas that brought joy and laughter to others.  His vivacious spirit caused you to gravitate toward him which made you want to be in his presence at all times.  Furthermore, it was no real challenge for him to capture your attention.  And if you were blessed with the opportunity to meet him, your life was never the same.

On one television segment I saw Matt running through KTHV (11) news room, exhibiting a bright and infectious smile.  He gladly greeted each individual while giving them a high-five.  I thought, “Wow!”  “What a guy!” It was amazing how he displayed a perfect demeanor acting as though no pain existed.  He once said, “My illnesses have wrecked my body.”  Could you tell?  I couldn’t.

Matt, a godly man whose passion was Christ, will leave behind great memories in the heart of his beloved family, friends and colleagues.

Gary, his father produced a seed of his own kind.  They together, teamed up as father and son, leaving a legacy that will forever be remembered and cherished.      

His mom Lisa and I share a very special relationship. (I love you Lisa)  She is my mentor, my friend and co-worker.  She definitely had the credentials to mentor me.   Six years prior to my loss, she had suffered the same pain.  

When death hit our loved ones way too soon, we are not left hopeless. Isaiah 57:1 tells us, “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from the evil to come.”

“Blessed (happy) are the dead who die in the Lord……..they do rest from their labors”   (Revelation 14:13)

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