Dimitrios Turner was born April 7, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the middle child of Herbert Lee and Imogene (McFarland) Turner, both of Cincinnati and, who both preceded him in death. Also proceeding him in death was one step-daughter, Toni Lee Angora and one grandchild, Isabella Turner. At a very early age, he professed his faith, accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, and joined Bethlehem Baptist Church where he attended until he left to join the Air Force.
Dimitrios attended Heberle, Rockdale, and South Avondale Elementary Schools. Being an exceptionally bright student, he passed the Walnut Hills test but elected to attend Aiken Jr. High and Sr. High Schools instead, where his love of basketball was born and his exceptional skills were nurtured and honed.
Even though his friends, co-workers, and other acquaintances called him “D” or “T,” he was affectionately called Mitri by his family and loved ones.
Mitri joined the US Air Force in 1969; got his basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas; and was then stationed at Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, S. Dakota where he met and married Donna Semans. To this union, five children were born. This marriage ended in February of 2016 after a long separation. His military career spanned 22 years and 2 months. His classification was Aerospace Propulsion Technician (Jet Engines) and he rose to the rank of Tech Sargent. Besides Ellsworth AFB, he was stationed at Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda, MI, and Anderson AFB in Guam. While serving his country, Mitri joined the base team and played basketball at every base he was stationed at including Thailand. At the success of his teams, he even traveled to Japan and the Philippines.
After returning to Cincinnati with his family, Mitri began working at the Post Office in 1997 until he retired in 2017. While working at the Post Office, he met Connie Ball. They developed a friendship and after working together many years, fell in love and eventually married. “T” and Connie did everything together: traveling, gardening, and spending time with family who always got a big kick out of seeing what they were wearing, since they often dressed alike (coordinating their styles and colors). Besides basketball, he loved hunting, fishing and going to Cincinnati Reds baseball games. They really enjoyed camping and were active members of the Champion Camping Club.
Mitri is survived by his wife Connie (Peyton) Turner; one son, Herbert Lee Turner; four daughters: Nicole J. Krois, Brandy L. Bynum, Dimitria D. Turner, and Monica C. Jackson (Derrick); one step-daughter, Lori A. BroncoBill (Darrell) of Omaha, NE; two step-sons, Dr. Andrew Ball of Boston, MA and Cory Ball (British Thompson). Also cherishing his memory is one sister, Valarie Williams of Atlanta, GA; brother, Herb A. Turner (Wendy Dampier) of Manchester, NH; half brother, Anthony Hill; one brother-in-law, Michael Williams; twenty-seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, five nieces, two nephews, three grand-nieces and two grand-nephews; and a host of cousins and friends.