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Jan 23, 2013 5:13 PM by AP

Legislative Black Caucus founder Turnley dies

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for Richard Turnley Jr., the first black member elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from Baton Rouge in modern times and a founder of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Tamara Turnley Robinson said Wednesday her father died Jan. 19 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital after a long illness. He was 79.

Turnley, who represented north Baton Rouge, served three terms in the Louisiana House before being elected in 1984 to District 14 of the state Senate. He was one of the 10 founding members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus in 1977.

A wake is scheduled Friday from 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Hall Davis and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church.

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