The city announced Monday that former Mayor Frederick E. Turnage has died at the age of 75. Flags at City Hall were lowered to half-staff in his honor.
"The passing of Mayor Turnage is a great loss for all of us in Rocky Mount and indeed for the state of North Carolina," said Mayor David W. Combs in a statement.
Turnage became Rocky Mount's youngest mayor when he was elected in 1973 at the age of 37. He ended up serving nine terms before deciding not to run again in 2007.