The body of Governor Charles W. Turnbull lay in state at Government House on STX

The body of Charles W. Turnbull is carried outside the government house at St. Croix. (Photo provided by the Governor’s House)

Governor Charles W. Turnbull was in state at Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix on Wednesday. The public viewing marked the first day of a series of events planned for the territory throughout the week.

Sirens could be heard throughout the town of Christiansted as the former governor’s body made its way towards Government House. Community members took to social media to pay tribute to Turnbull’s passing.

Senator Janelle Sarauw said, “I pay tribute to the Honorable Governor, Dr. Charles Wesley Turnbull. That his soul rests in peace.

Senator Novelle Francis also took to his Facebook account saying, “I had the privilege of serving as the Territorial Police Chief of the VIPD during his tenure. May we all strive to emulate the humility, leadership, compassion and work ethic that defined Governor Turnbull.

Gov. Charles W. Turnbull is in state Wednesday at Government House in St. Croix. (Photo provided by Government House)

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. is asking all owners of all private and federal buildings in the territory to fly their flags at half mast “in honor of Governor Charles Wesley Turnbull, who dedicated his life to the field of education, the preservation of our Caribbean history and to the people of the Virgin Islands. His commitment to public service, including two terms as Governor of our Territory, will be so honored,” states the Governor’s proclamation.

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and First Lady Yolanda Bryan escort Governor Charles W. Turnbull’s sister, Mavis Turnbull, out of Government House in St. Croix after the public visit. (Photo provided by Government House)

Here is the schedule of events yet to occur in honor of Governor Turnbull:

  • August 11: Governor Turnbull will be in state at The Battery in Cruz Bay, St. John, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 12: Governor Turnbull will be in state at Government House on St. Thomas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Parking will be at the Fort Christian parking lot and shuttle service will be provided to and from Government House.)
  • August 12: A candlelight vigil will be held in the Emancipation Garden in St. Thomas from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Those wishing to pay a brief two-minute tribute should reply to [email protected]
  • August 13: A visitation will be held at Christchurch, St. Thomas Methodist Church at 9 a.m.

The funeral service will be held at Christchurch Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on August 13, after visitation, and masks are required for everyone inside the church. Parking will be at the Fort Christian car park and shuttles will take people to and from Christchurch Methodist. Interment will take place at Smith Bay Eastern Cemetery on St. Thomas immediately following the funeral. The meal will take place in Fort Christian after the interment.

The public is invited to attend all events.

A portrait of Governor Turnbull inside Government House. (Photo provided by Government House)
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