Rest In Peace: William Gregory Turbeville
Ballard Partners is launching a scholarship fund in memory of the late lobbyist Gregory Tuberville.

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Greg was well-known as a policy director for former Governor Jeb Bush.

It is with deep sadness that we report on the passing of William Gregory Turbeville, a lobbyist with Ballard Partners.

The following is a statement from Brian D. Ballard:

It is with tremendous sadness that I must share the passing of a long-time partner and friend, William Gregory Turbeville, who passed away today after a valiant fight against an illness that may have sapped his energy but never his spirit.

Greg was well-known in and beyond Florida, as a policy director for former Governor Jeb Bush and Chief of Staff for former House Speaker/now FSU President John Thrasher. Public service was in his DNA, and he constantly provided that service honorably and selflessly.

What wasn’t as well-known was his love of music, always armed with a guitar and a thirst for some of his generation’s most popular bands. It was a passion matched by another unquenchable love: he was a huge FSU Seminoles fan, garnet and gold proud.

As much as Greg merited respect with his ideas, he always wore life – and a love for others – on both sleeves.

We feel great sorrow for his family, and our hearts go out to them, because to us Greg will always be family.

Everyone in the Ballard Partners family was honored to call him our colleague and our friend and we will all miss him dearly.

May he rest in peace.

Former Governor Jeb Bush offered the following condolences:

“Columba and I are devastated to learn of Greg’s passing this afternoon. Turbo was a force – both in personality and in his incredibly gifted policy and political counsel. There wasn’t an issue that Turbo was not able to offer an insightful and thoughtful opinion on, often making many of us reconsider our own. I will always be grateful for his sharp mind and deep loyalty to our work and my family, but I’m even more grateful for his friendship. Our team and our administration would not have been nearly as successful without his grit, good humor and leadership.

“Columba and I are praying for Greg’s mother, Jane, and the entire Turbeville family. I hope our alumni family’s prayers lift them up in this very difficult time. As information about ways to honor Greg come available, we will pass them along.”

Asked for his thoughts on the passing of Greg, FSU President John Thrasher simply said, “I loved him.”

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.


  • Victoria V. Zepp

    June 30, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Greg’s wit, smile, and razor sharp mind… I miss him already. My heart is incredibly heavy. Prayers to Greg’s family, team and so many friends that loved him dearly.

  • John Wehrung

    July 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I knew Greg when he first got into Florida politics. He was brilliant, dedicated and had a hidden sense of humor that he only revealed at the precise moment when everyone needed a laugh. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Godspeed my friend.

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