Services Friday for Legislative Black Caucus founder | Events
Services will be held starting Friday, Jan. 25 for Richard "Dick" Turnley, the founder of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Turnley, 79, died Saturday, Jan. 19.
Viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a program tribute starting at 5 p.m. at Hall Davis and Son, 9348 Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the funeral will be held at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway, at 11 a.m.
“The Southern University community mourns the loss of a distinguished alumnus and dedicated public servant," says Ronald Mason, President of the Southern University System. "In the nearly 51 years since his undergraduate years at Southern, Mr. Richard Turnley Jr. remained ever true to his alma mater, supporting the University through his commitment and service. His legacy will endure, inspiring generations to be champions for SU, and the community. We express the Jaguar Nation’s deepest sympathy to Mr. Turnley's family.”
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of former legislator Richard Turnley, Jr. and I would like to acknowledge his service and the impact he had on the House of Representatives," said Speaker of the House Rep. Chuck Keckley. "Evident in his key role of creating the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, it is clear that he was a leader of conscience and compassion, and was an able and gifted representative of his constituents. Mr. Turnley dedicated his entire life to advocating for those most in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Richard Turnley Scholarship Fund. You can make contributions payable to the Southern University System Foundation, P.O. Box 9562, Baton Rouge, LA, 70813 or online at http://netcommunity.sus.edu.
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