Josh Turner Mourns Loss of Fan Club Founder, Former Truck Driver
Josh Turner is mourning the loss of two important figures in his country music career: Both the founder of his fan club, Libby Jurs, and one of his former truck drivers recently lost their battles with cancer.
Turner shared the news of Jurs' passing via social media on Saturday (Dec. 12), calling her "a loving, giving woman and a loyal fan." A recent story in the Daily News indicates that she had been battling ovarian cancer for six years and leukemia for a few months. According to her obituary, Jurs was 59 years old and is survived by her husband, three children and 10 grandchildren, as well as her parents and sister. A resident of the Western New York area, she spent 25 years as a school nurse.
“She was the heart and soul of the high school,” says Kendall [N.Y.] Junior-Senior High School Principal Carol D’Agostino. “She loved her kids, and they loved her."
On Monday (Dec. 14), Turner posted the news of his truck driver's death, also due to "a long battle with cancer," according to the singer.
"May he rest in God's arms," Turner writes.
Turner is currently at work on a new project; he told The Boot in September that he hopes to release it soon. It’s been more than three years since artist released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag.
“I’ve been working on this record for about 60 years now, it seems like anyway,” Turner says. “Nobody is more ready to get it out there than me."
The debut single from Tuner’s new set of tunes, “Lay Low,” was released last year.
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