From the Richmond Dispatch, 12/6/1901
DICK TURNER DEAD.
Was Formerly Commandant of Libby Prison Here.
SUFFOLK, VA., December 5. – (Special) News was received
here to-day that Mr. R. R. Turner of Ferguson’s Wharf, Isle of Wight county,
dropped dead this morning while at the home of a friend.
Mr. Turner had been slightly indisposed for a week or ten
days, but was able to be up and around, having attended the County Court on
He arose as usual this morning, and after having eaten his
breakfast and engaged in family prayer he drove to the home of Mr. Norman
Holloman, some miles distant, and about 8:30 o’clock his death occurred
without a moment’s warning.
Mr. Turner was one of the most prominent men of Isle of
Wight county, and was held in the highest esteem as an upright, honorable
gentleman. His brother, Mr. Samual Turner, died yesterday, and Mr. R. R. Turner
intended to go to the funeral to-morrow. His own funeral will take place on
Deceased was a brother of Beverly Turner, who was killed by
Gilligan, and an uncle of Miss Isabel Turner. The trial, which was one of the
most sensational in the Virginia courts, was held here in the early summer of
1900, and resulted in Gilligan’s being sentenced to the penitentiary for a
term of years.
According to the Dispatch’s information the deceased was
the commandant of Libby Prison during the war.
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