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Coroner: Accident ruled out in Singletary death

Marvin Singletary, 67, of Blakely, was found dead near his carport on North Main Street Jan. 20. The GBI, who processed the scene, ruled out foul play immediately, but were unsure if Singletary's death may have been an accident or not, pending autopsy results.

Hunter confirmed Tuesday morning that a report from a medical examiner in Macon shows that Singletary died from a single shot from a shotgun and that it was self-inflicted.

Singletary was the president of the former Blakely Peanut Company, which was purchased from local owners by Universal Leaf Tobacco of Richmond, Va., in 1984 but retained its name and leadership.

In 1992, the company was sold to another Virginia-based company, Birdsong Peanut, which currently owns the plant.

In 1987, Singletary was named by then-Gov. Joe Frank Harris to chair the Growth Strategy Commission's economic task force. The group issued a report to Harris in 1988 about the sustainability of economic development in Georgia.

Singletary is the husband of Henrietta Singletary, the former deputy to the assistant secretary of agriculture for rural development during the Carter Administration.