From the Richmond Dispatch, 12/6/1901

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 Monday.

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 Saturday.

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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