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Blythewood High celebrates the life of 'Chef' William Turner

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Known as "Chef" to many, former Blythewood High School teacher William Turner passed away Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

Turner was an award-winning culinary arts instructor who was loved by his students.

Once highlighted in our "Cool Schools" series, Turner started the culinary arts program at Blythewood High in 2005 and was there until September 2012 when he retired to focus on spending time with family.

Turner's impact can be measured by the success he had with his students.

"We shouldn't be sad cause he's going, but celebrate and reflect on the time he was here and reflect. On the the time that he has made Blythewood what it is today. He's been a key part of what makes Blythewood, Blythewood," said student Hunter Durham.

A memorial service will be held for Turner Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church in Columbia.

Blythewood High has also designated Friday "Chef Day" and is encouraging everyone to wear their "Team Chef" shirts.

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