CB&T names Broadway courtyard in honor of Bill Turner

Columbus Bank & Trust Co. named its Broadway courtyard Monday morning in honor of retired W.C. Bradley Co. Chairman Bill Turner.

The William B. Turner Courtyard was dedicated in a surprise ceremony attended by about 150 family, friends and business associates. It came as Turner is about four months shy of his 90th birthday.

"I can't believe so many people that I love didn't let me know this was going to happen," Turner said. "I am so grateful."

The courtyard, in the 1100 block of Broadway, has been in existence for a quarter century and was once the entrance to the old Kirven's department store.

In 2007, Turner commissioned a sculpture, "Simple Act of Kindness," which depicts the event that led to the formation of the bank. A mill worker has her skirt ripped in a machine and her life savings falls out. From that time, workers were allowed to keep their savings in the mill vault.