Former Montgomery City Councilman Billy Turner Dies

Photo Courtesy of the Turner Family
Photo Courtesy of the Turner Family

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- It's a sad day in politics in the Capitol City as Montgomerians learn about the death of former City Councilman Billy Turner.

Turner died Sunday after a long illness. He was a WWII veteran and owned Turner Electric Company.

As a coucilman he helped bring the NCAA Division II Baseball World Series to Montgomery and revamped the Montgomery Zoo by adding  the Festival of Lights.

Former Mayor Emory Folmar says he enjoyed working with Turner.

"He [Turner] was easy to work with. He knew what I expected and I knew what was expected of him, and he was very supportive of me as a councilmember and I always appreciated that," Folmar says.

Visitation for Turner will be Tuesday from 5p.m. until 7p.m. and Wednesday at 1p.m. at Leak-Memory Chapel.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2p.m.

Mr. Turner is survived by his wife of 65 year, Mrs. Helen C. Turner, three daughters, ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren

Mayor Bobby Bright has ordered that all city flags be lowered to half staff on Tuesday and Wednesday in his honor.