Junious Tyler-Turner II, a former gay resident of Washington, died Nov. 4 in San Diego. He was 48.
Tyler-Turner was born in Virginia in 1962 and attended John Tyler Community College and later Howard University. He worked for the A.D. Price Funeral Home in Richmond before moving to D.C., where he worked for both Hecht’s and Woodward & Lothrop. Most recently, he worked in retail management at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Diego, until that store closed earlier this year.
Friends said he was an enthusiastic supporter of Lambda Squares in D.C. and the Chi-Town Squares of Chicago, both gay square dancing organizations.
He is survived by his mother, Louise McCowan; stepmother Elizabeth Turner; his aunt Lee Anna Waters; friends Barbara Robinson of North Carolina, Michael Olivas of California, and Winnie Feldman-Lindauer and Lee Brian Magnuson of D.C.; four brothers, six sisters and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held last week at First Union Baptist Church in Crozier, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Balboa Park Performing Arts & Culture, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101.