Frederick E. Turnage

Frederick E. Turnage

Lecture series to honor former longtime mayor

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Lakeside Baptist Church has established a lecture series named in honor of Rocky Mount’s late longtime mayor.

The Frederick E. Turnage Distinguished Speaker Series at Lakeside: Conversations on Christian Citizenship was made possible by a gift from its namesake’s family and friends, a release said.

The annual event will bring well-known speakers to Rocky Mount to explore how residents might live out their faith in the community.

Subjects it will address include faith, public service, business, education, the arts, the sciences and nonprofit organizations.

A lifelong resident of Rocky Mount, Turnage practiced law and served as mayor for 34 years. He also was a member of Lakeside for more than 50 years and served in many leadership positions there.

“This series will blend the two passions in Fred’s life: concerned citizenship and faithful living,” the release said.

“I do believe that this effort and the focus that it brings would please Fred the most,” Turnage’s wife, Norma, said in the release. “It will capture the values by which he lived his life, those he believed in and were his passion.

The love of his family, his church, and his commitment to his community were the essence of who he was and the measure of his daily work.

The series’ inaugural presentation will be Jan. 12. Dr. Jonathan L. Walton, a professor at Harvard University and its divinity school and Pusey Minister at the university’s Memorial Church, will speak on Christian citizenship at Lakeside 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services.

Area ministers also will have the chance to meet with him Monday morning.

Walton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College and a master’s in divinity and a doctorate in religion and society from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Lakeside Baptist Church is at 1501 Sunset Ave. For information, call 446-0126.