Reverend Clarence Turner Jr., son of Martha and Clarence, Sr. is a native Washingtonian. Rev. Turner was raised in the far Northeast quadrant of Washington, DC in the Deanwood community, which was originally designated for freed slaves.  His paternal family has lived for more than 220 years. 

Deanwood, formerly called Deanís Woods was originally set aside as an area to house slaves and later became the set-aside community for freed-slaves.  The culturally rich legacy of ethnic pride, self-sufficiency and family closeness is still very much alive in Deanwood today. Rev. Turner speaks comfortably of relatives five generations back, to a freed slave, Elias Billingsly, who bought property and lived in Deanwood.

The Turner Family is replete with builders, ministers, educators and community activists.  Mr.. and Mrs. Turner, Sr. met each other as children  when his father was preaching in a tent church in the Bladensburg area  (then called Capital View) of Washington, DC.  Mrs. Turner's family soon moved to Deanwood where the two attended elementary school and played together.  Mr. and Mrs. Turner were married in 1937 in a double wedding ceremony where two brothers married two sisters.  In 1939, at age 22, Mr. Turner built the Deanwood home that they raised their four children in and still live in today. Mrs. Turner was an attentive mother and school councelor. 

Rev. Turner, Jr. the youngest child and only son has walked proudly in his fatherís footsteps.  Born in Freedmanís Hospital (now Howard University Hospital) 54 years ago, Rev. Turner has also lived in Deanwood all of his life.  At a very young age he became a carpenter and general contractor; he married in his early twenties and at age 23 he built the house that he raised his family in and still lives in today.  Rev. Turner grew up in First Baptist Church of Deanwood and has been the minister of Fruit of the Spirit Baptist Church since 1986.

Through their reflections of Deanwood --- swimming in the water holes and swinging on the vines, having been shielded from the pain of segregation, the role of the Blacks and Jews in the turn of the century riots, trips to the Black-owned beaches (Carr's and Sparrow's), the importance of travel, teaching, preaching and loving children and community... the Turnerís shared 220 years of wisdom and 220 years of family history in this community.