Tribute Made To Beloved Turkey In Smyrna

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 17:38:33-04

A memorial was created for Sam the Turkey, a wild turkey whose ability to cause trouble had become known and loved by community members.

Sam was named for the road he often walked, Sam Ridley Parkway. Unfortunately, Sam was hit and killed by a vehicle on the road Monday.

City officials took time to remember his special qualities in a tweet.

But community member went even further.

Connie Sue Mozingo with the group "Smyrna Wildlife Awareness in Memory of "Sam the Turkey"" held a candlelight vigil that night and erected a memorial in his honor.

The group is "devoted to make others aware of our precious Sam Ridley mascot and all wildlife."