Former Tulsa City Councilor remembered for dedication

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 1/22 6:34 pm Published: 1/22 4:34 pm

Former Tulsa City Councilor Roscoe Turner died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack.

People who knew and worked with 81-year-old Turner told FOX23 he will be sorely missed.

“Roscoe was a very special guy, still is a very special guy. He taught me a lot about being a city councilman,” said City Councilor Jack Henderson.

Those who worked close with Turner remember not only what he did for them but what he did for the community.

Turner served five terms on the Tulsa City Council; he was first elected in 1998.

Henderson said he remembered Turner being part of the ‘gang of five.’

“They were basically a group that changed the city government ran and hop citizens were looked at,” he said.

Turner was an activist for north Tulsa and worked to better the community.

He worked to increase economic development and bring down crime.

“He would always talk about the things that were wrong and how he was going to make them right,” he said.

Even after serving his final term, council members said Turner never stopped working.
“He would see something that needed to be changed and contact me and talked about what we can do together to still make it happen,” said Henderson.

Those hoping to follow in his legacy say they're happy to have established a relationship with Turner.

“He was so professional in the way he went about doing things and making sure at the end of the day he felt good about his decisions,” he said.

A close friend of the Turner family said funeral arrangements are pending.

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