JAMES LAWRENCE TURNER,
sheriff of Lee County came to that office with qualifications derived from a number of years of active service in connection with the forces of law and of order and other departments of the municipality of Sanford.
He was born in Harnett County, North Carolina, July 12, 1885, son of James Madison and Sally (Cameron) Turner, the former a native of Harnett County and the latter of Moore County. They now reside with their son in San- ford. His father spent most of his active life in the turpentine industry in Harnett County.
James L. Turner was reared and educated in that county and for several years was associated with his father in the turpentine business. After locating at Sanford he was for three and a half years connected with the Sanford Sash & Blind Company. Mr. Turner for twelve years was assistant chief of police and assistant chief of the fire department of Sanford and also acted as an electrical inspector of the city. At the democratic primaries of June 5, 1926, he was nominated for sheriff of Lee County, and elected November 2, 1926.
Mr. Turner married in November, 1910, Miss Ida Lowe, of Maxton, North Carolina, daughter of James A. Lowe. Both her parents are deceased. They have three children: William Howard, born in 1912; Edith May, born in 1919; and Wylie Ray, born in 1924. Mr. Turner is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Junior Order United American Mechanics, Loyal Order of Moose and the Presbyterian Church. His home is at 107 Charlotte Avenue.