By William Holloman
Another Mount Olive citizen has been recognized and honored by being named recipient of the State of North Carolina’s most prestigious award for civilians: the coveted Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
The award from the Governor’s office recognizes citizens with outstanding years of service to their community.
The award went to Town Attorney W. Carroll Turner and was presented to him by Mayor Ray McDonald, Sr. during a reception held last week before a small group of friends, Turner’s wife and two sons, and town officials.
Mayor McDonald spearheaded the effort to nominate Turner for the award. Mayor McDonald’s recommendation detailed Turner’s more than 32 years of service to the town. Other local residents who made recommendations to the Governor’s office were Chief of Police Tommy Brown, Southern Bank President/CEO Grey Morgan, and members of the town board of commissioners.
Turner, a local attorney, served on the town’s board as a commissioner from 1975 until 1981. He has been the town’s attorney since 1991.
Turner, the Mayor said, has been highly active in the community for a number of years. He listed involvements to include serving as President of the Mount Olive Area Historical Society, President of the Mount Olive College Alumni Association, General Chairman of the Steele Memorial Library Committee (which raised more than $100,000 for a new library), and downtown beautification and revitalization committees.
Mayor McDonald said Turner has also been an active member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Olive, where he has served as a Sunday School teacher, Men’s Class President, and a Deacon.
Police Chief Tommy Brown in his recommendation said, “I have had the pleasure of working with him for many years as the Town Attorney, and he has always been trustworthy and dependable.” Brown called Turner “a driving force” in the success of a new library here that has become an area showcase.
Mayor McDonald also called Turner a man who has lived his entire life striving to make North Carolina a better place to live “and create opportunities for future generations.”
Southern Bank President/CEO Morgan said in his recommendation, “As a fellow lifelong resident of North Carolina, Mr. Turner has personally devoted much of his time, energy, and talents toward the betterment of not only our community, but also the surrounding region and our beautiful state as a whole.” Morgan said he felt honored to make the recommendation.