Randal Douglas Turner

Randal Douglas Turner, 74, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Newport News, VA. He was a native of Pulaski, Virginia, and had lived in Newport News for the past 50 years. Doug was a private in the Army before becoming an insurance agent, where he stayed for over 30 years. 

His parents, Randal Benjamin Turner (Linda) and Lula Jewel Munford (Howard), preceded him in death.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Donna Turner; two daughters, Christi Eastep (Jeff) and Michelle Coston (Von); four grandchildren, Gage Callahan, Reise Carter, Kobe Coston, and Khloe Coston; brother Jerry Turner (Jeannie); and many nieces and nephews.

He had a passion for baseball. In July 1969, Doug was recruited to try out for the Pittsburg Pirates and the Houston Astros, but he was drafted into the military. Doug became known as Coach Turner to many, from T-Ball to teens to the development of All-Star Teams. In addition to baseball, he loved sports. He always took advantage of an opportunity to watch a football game. Doug had a passion for fishing and loved the solitude of wetting a line, even if he caught nothing.

Anyone who knew him could always expect a joke. He loved to twist any situation to make you laugh.

His yard was his masterpiece. He was meticulous about every blade of grass, climbing ladders to prune trees even if he fell out of them a few times. He would climb back up and repeat the process.

Every job was manageable for him. Doug had every tool you could ever need or imagine. He loved working on projects around the house, most of the time catching him outside. Doug was “Mr. Fix-It,” not only to his family but to a multitude of neighbors and friends as well.

Visitation will occur at Peninsula Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.



  1. Donna and Tony Capobianco

    Doug was a special man who was always there to help us with either collecting our mail to mowing our lawn! We so enjoyed his company when we got together to play cards, even though he sometimes made his own rules! Doug would do just about anything for anyone and we will miss his humor and his smile! RIP Doug!

  2. Billy Stancill

    Pam and I will miss Doug. He had a way of putting a smile on your face with his jokes and his sense of humor.
    He was a true friend to the end.

  3. Billy Stancill

    Pam and I will miss you Doug.
    You had a way of getting people to smile with your jokes and funny stories. You were truly a special friend to the end

  4. Brittany Wendell

    I remember wanting you to chug your soda so you could “blow up!” As loud as possible. You are such a big part of my childhood memories Uncle Doug, bringing so much joy when I look back on it. You will be dearly missed!

    Say Hi to my Mama for me and give her a big squeeze.

  5. George Gee

    I was bless to know Doug. He reach out to me when I move in Colony Pine and he was there for me when my house was broken into. We always have conversations when we see each other, now those days are gone. Memories are for life, may God keep you close. Rest in Peace. One Love

  6. Von Coston

    To My Father In Law:
    I wish we had more time together. I learned a lot from you over the years and will miss our talks. Definitely will never forget our scrabble wars! Thanks for being the best father in law! I love you and rest in peace. -Von

  7. David and Donna McCarthy

    Doug was such a special man! He was the gentleman on the block that would be there to lend a helping hand. Loved his sense of humor and I can’t remember when he didn’t make us laugh. We will miss him and feel a loss without seeing him outside working in his beautiful yard!

  8. Charles R Green

    Condolences to Donna and family. I know this has created a large hole your hearts, however your memories Doug will heal the pain. Doug was always a positive person, strong leadership and Master at creating a smile.
    I consider Doug as a very special friend and will think of him often in days to come.
    RIP dear friend.

  9. Barry Lowe

    Doug we go back a long ways-you and I always got along good-I used to love and play ping pong with u at the YMCA when we worked together-Sure will miss you Buddy-

  10. Cheryl Wright

    Coach Doug will be forever missed!! I’m so thankful to have known this wonderful man who coached my sons on the ball fields for many years. He opened his doors and invited them in to the end just like they were family. My heart breaks, but the memories and laughs we all shared with him, Donna, and Reise will always be a part of our family. Thank you Coach for making a difference. We love(d) you.

  11. Michael LAWSON

    Knew Doug since Hampton High days.Played a lot of ball together.Sure fun to be around.Surely going to miss him.


      We have not seen you in years but I wanted you to know how very special you were. You would light up a room and what a honor to have know you, you will be greatly missed.

  12. Dana Steiner (Williams)

    Doug was a super fun guy. I grew up in the same neighborhood as Doug. His daughter Michelle and I were best friends growing up. My brother, Ryan, says that he will “always remember their fishing trips together, riding coasters, and watching the Redskins. He was a good dude.” Doug was the reason behind me riding Drachen Fire coaster at Busch Gardens for the first time. Although I was terrified to ride it, he kept urging me…and then it ended up being my very favorite ride in the end. He will greatly be missed!

  13. The Pattersons

    He was a kinda man who stood on business for his family. He was an asset to the community and will be missed.

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