By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Longtime Tupelo resident Chuck Imbler Jr., known for his public service, will soon have a bridge named in his honor.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. made the renaming request for Imbler, who died April 9, and the City Council unanimously approved the renaming Tuesday.
The Eason Boulevard bridge over Town and Kings creeks will soon have two signs posting the memorial name of the local businessman and community advocate and will be named “The Chuck Imbler Jr. Bridge.”
Imbler served on the Major Thoroughfare Program committee for years and strongly supported Tupelo’s public schools. He died at age 56 after about a decade-long fight with cancer.
Greg Pirkle, chairman of the Major Thoroughfare Program committee and friend of Imbler, said naming the bridge after him is fitting.
“He was a vital part of the city and was instrumental in the success of the Major Thoroughfare Program,” Pirkle said.
The bridge named in Imbler’s memory is located near the business he and his father owned, Truck Center of Tupelo.
“It’s a sweet coincidence,” Reed said. “We think this is a nice way to recognize a good citizen.”