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Former NABOB President and Mississippi State Senator, Bennie Turner dies at 64

(December 2, 2012) Bennie Turner, former President of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, and State Senator of Mississippi, passed away on Tuesday, November 27 from a brain tumor. He was 64 years old.

Turner's company, T&W Communications Corp., owns WTWG-AM in Columbus, Mississippi. Bennie is survived by his wife, Edna, who is the General Manager of WTWG and also an active member of NABOB.  They are the parents of three grown daughters and several grandchildren.

In addition to being a radio station owner for decades, Bennie was a practicing attorney and a Mississippi State Senator, having been elected in 1992.  As a Senator, Bennie was a powerful influence. In 1996 Bennie was appointed Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, one of the five major committees in the Senate, after only three years in the Senate.  With this appointment he made history as the first Black senator named chair of one of the major committees.  Before being elected to the Senate, Bennie served as county prosecuting attorney in Clay County.

Lois Wright, Counsel to the NABOB Board said, "Bennie was one of NABOB's most loyal supporters who could always be counted upon to 'answer the call' whenever he was needed, whether it was to join in on our constant lobbying of the FCC and Congress to preserve minority ownership, or to participate in NABOB's fundraising or investment efforts.  Bennie was a good friend and will be greatly missed."

"I will miss Bennie as a quick wit, who could always find a light comment to ease the NABOB Board through a difficult situation," said Jim Winston, NABOB Executive Director.  "Bennie liked to fish, and during several Spring Conferences in the Caribbean, he led groups of NABOB attendees on some very memorable deep sea fishing trips."

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations in Bennie's name to Trinity AME Church, 3894 Jim Griffin Road, West Point, Mississippi 39773. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2012 11:00 a.m. at the
Third Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 904 Mosley Avenue, West Point, MS  39773, (662) 494-8414.

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