Certainly, this is not how the residents of this Ohio River town hoped Clinton Turner would return. Nonetheless, on a cold, sunny winter morning, roughly 30 of them lined the town's Main Street for a simple 10-minute procession which accompanied Turner's casket to a local funeral home.
Brenda Jeffers worked for Turner's mother, Dottie, for years at her real estate office.
"People have walked in the office and just wanted to something," Jeffers said. "So, we thought, this would be a way to show Dottie and Clinton some respect."
The veterans groups, which saluted as the casket, passed by came from Meigs and nearby Gallia County.
Said Ron Eastman, Sergeant-at-Arms for the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars: "The veterans organizations turned out to bring him home and support the family and recognize what he did for our country."
The death of anyone, whether or not it's a soldier, is always a loss, but the death of Clinton Turner this week has been a particular loss to this area. Whether or not they knew him personally, Clinton Turner was family here.
"Everybody in Meigs County loves Dottie," Jeffers said, "and they know how her heart feels. We're so proud her son gave his life for us."
To be sure, it's not just the people of Pomeroy and Meigs County who feel this loss. Turner also spent time in Parkersburg, went to Ohio University, and will be buried Tuesday in Sistersville.
Indeed, Clinton Turner belongs to the entire Mid-Ohio Valley.
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