Update: A memorial service for D. Abbott Turner II will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, according to an obituary in Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer. A private burial will follow at Striffler-Hamby.
Turner began working at the W.C. Bradley Co. right out of high school and worked his way up to vice president of human resources. He received the W.C. Bradley Co. Spirit Award in 1995 and was known for his caring spirit with team members, according to the obit.
He left the company in 2007 to pursue other opportunities.
At the time of his death, he was actively involved in the Easter Seals, the United Way and Andrew College, where he was on the executive committee.
He was a past chairman of the Easter Seals West Georgia.
Abbott is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cathey Seguin Turner, and their four children, William, Don, Ashley and Brooke.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests those that want to pay tribute make contributions to Easter Seals (2515 Double Churches Road, Columbus, GA, 31909), United Way (P.O. Box 1157, Columbus, GA, 31902) or Andrew College (501 College Street, Cuthbert, GA, 39840)
Original story: D. Abbott Turner II, the 2009 campaign chairman for the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, was found dead Tuesday at his Columbus home, authorities said. He was 52.
“He put his heart and soul into the United Way and other organizations,” said Scott Ferguson, president of the United Way. “He made us a better organization and me a better person.”
The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office was called to Turner’s home about 1:30 p.m. He was found in a bedroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy Wednesday, an official said.
Ferguson said Turner was on the search committee when he was interviewed in 2007 for the position at the United Way. “The first person I met was Abbott,” he said.
In 2009, Turner was asked to chair the campaign with a goal of $6.9 million. The final number was $6,931,000.
“It was the best year we had had up until that point,” Ferguson said. “Abbott was a wonderful volunteer leader in that campaign.”
Ferguson recalled how Turner went to all the employees meetings, supported the staff at United Way and made dozens of calls to companies. “It was really his passion and his leadership that made us successful,” Ferguson said.
Turner also was a partner in the 2007 opening of the Char-Broil Steakhouse on U.S. 80 in Phenix City. After the economy began to fail, the restaurant closed in December 2009.
Abbott Turner was on the board of directors of W.C. Bradley Company and is the son of William B. Turner, the company’s retired chairman.
”All the United Way staff that had the honor to work with Abbott Turner extend our deepest sympathy to his family,” Ferguson said. “He was an amazing individual. It’s just a sad day.”