A candidate for Road Superintendent has died on the eve of election after falling ill during the final days of campaigning.
The candidate, Bobby E. Turner, 77, passed away Saturday at St. Thomas West Hospital after a brief illness. His passing came on the eve of an election in which he was competing against incumbent Warren County Road Superintendent Levie Glenn. Turner was running as an independent candidate against the Democratic incumbent. Turner had also run against Glenn’s father, Harold Glenn, in past elections for road superintendent.
Despite his being an opponent for his job, Levie Glenn said he considered Turner a close family friend.
“I truly hate what happened,” Glenn said, noting he attended graveside services for his opponent Monday. “I considered Bobby a friend. My sympathy goes out to his family. We will all miss him.”
A custom tractor and construction contractor by trade, Turner served two terms with the county commission from 2002-2010, serving the Fourth District.
“He was always supportive of the road department when he was on the commission,” Glenn noted.
According to Election Administrator Donna Yates, Turner will remain on the ballot despite his death since he passed away too close to election to have his name removed from the ballot.