Paulette Juvonne Atterberry

Paulette Juvonne Atterberry

Paulette Juvonne Atterberry

Our beloved Paulette Juvonne Atterberry departed from this life surrounded by those she loved, husband of 21 years, her two sons and a host of family, on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Refreshing Fountains Church, 175 S. Euclid, Benton Harbor. Friends may meet with the family from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman. Online condolences accepted at

She was born to Isaiah Jackson and Rosa Williams on June 6, 1968, and was placed with love in the care of Henry L. Turner and Eula Turner. A proud graduate of Benton Harbor High School class of 1986, Paulette was on the cheerleading squad and a member of the Benton Harbor Tiger Marching Band as a Pom.

Paulette accepted Christ at an early age at Peter’s Rock Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop James Wilkins, where she was a member of the sunshine choir and later on the youth choir. One of the first songs she was given to lead was by Walter Hawkins, “Be Grateful.” The words to this very song were so appropriate as Paulette would soon face two of the greatest challenges of her life – fighting lupus and kidney failure. Although battling sicknesses, hospitalization and suffering through many blood transfusions, Paulette’s strongest desire was to make an impact in her community.

In November 2008, Paulette became the coordinator for the Youth Build Program at Michigan Works, Benton Harbor. Her work gave over to her passion of working closely with troubled young adults throughout Berrien County, providing life skill programs, mentoring and counseling, and having to recreate and redesign the program several times to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges both economically and socially. During her tenure at Youth Build, Paulette was known for her strong no-nonsense approach and high expectations of her participants, and also was loved for her guiding, nurturing, motherly advice, her dimpled smile, and most of all, her warm and loving hugs.

In 2016, Paulette started Turner Jackson LLC, specializing in consulting, grant writing, professional resumes and cover letters. Following her sons, she became a member of Refreshing Fountains COGIC, under the leadership of Superintendent Melvin Burton. It was there at Refreshing Fountains during a lock-in prayer service that Paulette received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and two days later she was called to the University Hospital in Ann Arbor to receive her new kidney. Paulette was faithful to the ministry and became Superintendent Burton’s secretary, church secretary, as well as Soul Winner’s District secretary. With the inception of the Power Mentoring Program, Paulette used her experience and love for youth to work with the youth of the church to build 25-30 sheds during the Harbor Habitat Jimmy Carter Blitz. She also spearheaded the Boyz to Men Conference in which over 200 ties where donated by area merchants so that each participant’s father or male mentor could learn to tie a neck tie and have that same brand new tie to take home.

Amongst those who have gathered and will always remember and cherish the love she so freely gave to us are: her beloved husband, Ricky Atterberry; Isaiah Jackson, Jackson, Miss., and Rosa Williams, Detroit; her mother, Eula Mae Turner, St. Joseph; her sons, James Donald (Antoynae) Lockett III, Perrysburg, Ohio, Anton Dontai (Ariel) Lockett, Adrian Atterberry and Ricky Atterberry II, all of Benton Harbor; her godson, Josiah Javon Morris, Kent, Wash.; sisters: Kenya Ellis and Deborah Ellis, both of Benton Harbor, Marshell Booker, Wilson, Ark., Sheila Gill, Glendale Heights, Ill., Connie (Christopher) Taylor, Terry, Miss., Debbie (Theoloneus) Patterson Kizer, Connie Johnson and Angel Berry, all of Benton Harbor; brothers: Walter Campbell, Battle Creek, Mich., and Eric (Lori) Turner, Cincinnati; Isaiah Zeek Jackson Jr., Jackson, Miss., Marcus (Sharron) Jackson, Dallas, and Rafael (Shalandrea) Jackson, Clinton, Miss.; sister-in-law, Tawana (Ronald) Bennett, Scottsdale, Ariz.; five brothers-in-law: Dwight (Keeler) Atterberry, Benton Harbor, Patrick (Carmen) Atterberry, Kansas City, Mo., James V. Atterberry, Michigan City, Ind., Mark (Shandaligwa) Atterberry, Stevensville and Bryan Atterberry, Coffeeville, Miss.; uncles: Captain James FA Turner, Spain, Clifton (Linda) Turner, Flint, Mich., and Willie Campbell, Mantachie, Miss.; aunts: Gertie Mae Turner, Benton Harbor, Minnie Harvey, Jackson, Miss., and Irene (and Uncle Theameouse) Patterson, Benton Harbor.

Preceding her in death was her father, Henry Lee Turner; granddaughter, Evelyn Mae Lockett; brother, Wayne Fields; and aunt, Henrietta Ratliff.