By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – When Chuck Imbler Jr. died about two months ago, he left a legacy of love for his family, Ole Miss sports and the city of Tupelo.
Leaders showed appreciation Wednesday for Imbler’s civic contributions by officially naming a bridge on Eason Boulevard near International Drive in his honor.
A longtime advocate of improving transportation in the city, Imbler, 56, served on the Major Thoroughfare Program committee for many years. The citizen-led city program helps improve thoroughfares that lead to better travel throughout Tupelo.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. dedicated the bridge while standing next to Imbler’s parents, wife Trentice, and children Mallie, 15, and Carrol Trent, 11. Members of the MTC and city officials watched for the brief dedication.
“This is a way the whole city can remember him,” said Reed, wearing an Ole Miss shirt in honor of Imbler.
Trentice Imbler said after the unveiling of the sign with her husband’s name that the experience felt humbling but appropriate.
“He felt like the streets were the gateway for bringing people and industry to this community,” she said.