In Memoriam



October 04, 1940 - January 12, 2021
52nd AOC (1974)

James Elmo Oney, age 80, of Louisville, Kentucky returned to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  James was born in Garrett, Kentucky on October 4, 1940 to the late Reece and Rosa Campbell Oney. James Oney was a devoted member to his community. He was a member of the Shawnee Masonic Lodge, Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, Kentucky Aviation Association, and the Kentucky Chief’s Association. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billy R. Oney and Reece Oney Jr.; and sister, Ethel Beth Boyle. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Carol Oney; children, Leisha Gosling (Tommy), Michael Oney (Kolleen), Joseph Oney (Tara), Deedra Tate (Scot), and Leslie Hartness (Michael); 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Donald D. Oney, Jerry T. Oney, and Larry E. Oney; sister, Rita Greiser; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. Burial service will be held at 10am on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central (2501 North Dixie Blvd. Radcliff KY, 40160).

Condolence cards to Carol Oney, 10111 Vista Springs Way, Louisville, KY 40291.  Family request donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at: 


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September 14, 1926 – November 14, 2020

Bobby Edward Campbell of Louisville, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at his home. Bobby was a Navy Veteran serving during WWII from 1944-1946 on the USS Lumen. He graduated from University of Louisville (UL), attended University of Tennessee (UT), University of Alabama and Indiana University Bloomington. While attending UT, he worked for Tennessee Valley Authority. When he returned to Louisville, he worked for the Veterans Administration. He then worked at the British American Tobacco Co., and later was a Louisville Civil Service Examiner. His greatest achievement was working as a professor of Criminal Justice at UL and he helped establish the Southern Police Institute during his 40 years until retirement. During his 78 years as a musician, he performed with the Kosair Shrine Band, The Holy Name Band, the Highland Baptist Orchestra and numerous other bands. He was a charter member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at UL. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Campbell, a son, Leigh Edward Campbell and a daughter, Virginia Lynn Keller. He is survived by his three daughters, Denise Hendrick (Jay), Laura Hamilton, Leann Gritton (Jack), 6 grandchildren and 6 great -grandchildren.

Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and from 1-8 pm on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd. Louisville KY 40222. A funeral Service will be held at 11am on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 901 Baxter Ave, Louisville KY 40204, where he was a member for 55 years.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Episcopal Church of the Advent, Kosair Charities or to the Southern Police Institute.

  • Donations can be made by check to either the Dorothy P. Clore Scholarship Fund or John C. Klotter Scholarship Fund sent to SPIAA, ATTN:  Kathy Morgan, Treasurer, Overland Park Police Department, 12400 Foster, Overland Park, KS  66213.
From Tad Hughes:

Professor Campbell was a legend at SPI. Over the years dozens of people have inquired about him and shared stories of having him as an instructor.  The service award given by each class at SPI bears his name. He always made an effort to attend the alumni conference each year and he always sat in the front row of each training session without fail.  He was a kind and thoughtful person, in my first year at U of L, each afternoon professor Campbell would stop in my office to check in on me and see how I was doing.  He will be greatly missed."

From William F. Walsh

“Professor Campbell was one of the first individuals I met in Louisville when I arrived to compete for the Southern Police Institute Director position in 1992. During my 20 years as SPI Director, he was a great friend, colleague and mentor. A unique American hero a WW2 veteran. He loved his students who attended SPI and the Justice Administration program of U of L. He demanded the best from them but was always willing to give them and me guidance and help. He held a special place in his heart for the Southern Police Alumni Association and loved attending the annual conferences with his beloved wife Barbara . He was our last connection to the founders of the Southern Police Institute. God Bless you Bob, it was an honor to know you.”

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Chief, Greensboro Police Department
Greensboro, North Carolina

Passed away at home on Monday, November 28, 2016.

He was an absolute supporter of SPI, Director McCandless, Dorothy Clore, Professors John Klotter, Ed Campbell, Roland Soule, and other staff members.  We believe he sent more of his staff to the AOCs than any other Chief or Sheriff of his time.  He also supported three national SPIAA conferences being held in Greensboro and sponsored by the Greensboro PD.

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45th AOC Vermont State Police
December 6, 1929 – May 13, 1983

Sgt. Arthur L. Yeaw
Flag at half-staff May 13th, 1983

Sergeant Arthur 'Bud" Yeaw Lieutenant Yeaw was shot and killed when his weapon accidentally discharged while cleaning it at the office. Sergeant Yeaw served as the Derby Station Commander at the time of his death. A reorganization of the VSP’s rank structure later designated station commanders as lieutenants, a rank which was  posthumously conferred upon Lieutenant Yeaw.

Arthur L. "Bud" Yeaw, courtesy of his widow, Betty
Lieutenant, US Army, Korean Conflict, Sergeant, Vermont State Police, Member, 45th, Southern Police Institute U of L

Arthur Lewis Yeaw was born in Brattleboro, VT on December 6th, 1929. He was the second of 10 children, although 3 of the children died at a very early age. He grew up on a 300-acre dairy farm in Guilford, VT (a farming community south of Brattleboro, VT). The hired man nicknamed him “Bud” and it stuck with him. His father, Warren, was a farmer, his mother, Eva, a school teacher. He was large at a young age, and able to handle the work horses. He and his brother, Warren Jr., did a great deal of the farm work. Bud was 6 feet tall in his early teens. He often took care of his younger sisters and brothers, and developed a special love and understanding for children. He attended a one-room school in Guildford. Between his junior and senior year in high school, he went to the Vermont State Agricultural School in Randolph, graduating from Brattleboro High School in 1950. He was a member of the Vermont National Guard, 142nd Division, which was called up in 1951 to go to Korea; however, they went to Munich, Germany. When he returned, he joined the Brattleboro Police Department. After a year, he applied to the Vermont State Police, graduating from the State Police Training School in February 1954. He graduated Southern Police Institute in the 45th Administrative Officers Course.

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20th President SPIAA 1970-71
June 4, 1912 – November 15, 1990




Retired, Hagerstown, Maryland Police Department and Past President, SPIAA, 1970-1971.


22nd President SPIAA 1972-73
July 18, 1924 – July 24, 2003

Lt. George H. Fender


Memorial services for George H. Fender Jr., 79, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes, Lexington Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA Richland and Lexington Counties, 421 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209. Mr. Fender died Thursday, July 24, 2003. Born in Sumter, he was the son of the late George H. Fender Sr. and Helena Harker Fender. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and a member of Providence Lutheran Church. He retired as a lieutenant after 32 years of service with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Mr. Fender loved his family and little animals. He is survived by his wife, Harriett Truett Fender, daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Lewie Hartley of Lexington; grandson, Ryan Devaney of Columbia; sister and brother-in-law, Jo and J. Banks Scarborough of Florence; nieces and nephew. Mr. Fender was predeceased by a daughter, Marcia F. Lee. © The State, Columbia, SC, 25 Jul 2003


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30th President SPIAA 1980-81
February 21, 1927 – June 14, 2016


Madison, MS

James Louis Black, 89, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at his home in Madison surrounded by his family. He was born on February 21, 1927 in Ethel, MS to Noble Felix and Annie Watts Black. His father was a sharecropper and, as a child, he and his five siblings worked alongside their parents in the cotton fields of Attala County.

Jim held every position on the Jackson Police Department, beginning as a patrolman in 1958 and working through the ranks to Chief of Police, the position from which he retired in 1989. He later served as Chief of Police of the Richland Police Department and worked for the City of Madison under Mayor Mary Butler Hawkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by first wife, Edna Mae Black; and his sister, Myrtis Morris.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paulette Bates Black of Madison; children, Michael James Black (Coni) of North Charleston, SC, Gary Louis Black, Sr. (Jane) of Brandon, Noble Bates Black of New York, NY and Linda Niemi of Clinton; five grandchildren, Jene' Black Smith (Michael) of Madison, Gary Louis Black, Jr. (Melissa) of Brandon, Ashley Black Jones (Kevin) of Hernando, Nicole Renee Black and Jessica Lynn Black of Houston, TX; and eight great grandchildren, Sydni Smith and Evans Smith of Madison, Kameryn Batton, Kayleigh Batton, Kendyll Black and Dakota Black of Brandon, and Tanner Jones and Avie Jones of Hernando.  He is also survived by four siblings, William P. Black of Gore Springs, Frances Moore of Brandon, Dorothy Lee of Memphis, TN and Charles Black of Grass Valley, CA.

In 1944, inspired by his big brother, W. P., who had enlisted in the Army, Jim answered his country's call of duty and enlisted in the Navy when he was only 17 years old. He served as a coxswain and gunner, stationed on the USS Conner (DD-582) in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged on December 15, 1947.  He was a member of the Wahabi Shrine Motorcorp Heavy Weight Unit for many years. He was also a Mason, rising to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in 2012 in recognition of 60 years of service.   His grandchildren, great grandchildren and many others lovingly knew him as "Papaw". His love for his family was unending and he enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with them. He was the epitome of a family man.

Visitation will be held from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland. On Friday, June 17, 2016, there will be remembrances at 10:45 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at St. James' Episcopal Church in Jackson. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.  Donations may be made in his memory to St. James' Episcopal Church, 3921 Oakridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39216.


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27th President SPIAA 1977-78
1927 – 2014



Ret. Police Capt. Ruben S. Garcia Sr., 87, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.

Born in San Benito, Ruben was a lifetime resident of Brownsville. He joined the Brownsville Police Dept. at 21 and served a record 42 and a half years before retiring in 1991. Ruben was also a lifetime parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and was especially proud of the fact that he was the first child baptized there.

Ruben is preceded in death by his parents, Maria de Jesus Chucha and Manuel Garcia his first wife, Luz. G. Lucy Garcia and two daughters: Lydia Pearl Poe Garcia and Janey Ybarra.

Ruben is survived by his wife of 21 years, Martha Fuentes Garcia a son, Ruben S. Nellie Garcia Jr. two daughters, Maria Cristina Miguel Gonzalez and Loraine G. Kevin Knoch 8 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, 16 great grandchildren with one on the way, 1 great great grandson with 1 on the way and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19th and continue through 4:00 p.m. at DarlingMouser Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at 5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1200 Lincoln, where a rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20th at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. Military rites will be conducted by Mr. Raul Leal and the American Legion Honor Guard in conjunction with full police honors rendered by members of the Brownsville Police Department.

Ruben's grandchildren are honored to serve as his pallbearers.


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26th President SPIAA 1976-77
August 13, 1944 – December 21, 2014

Ronnie Thornton


Clarence Ronald “Ronnie” Thornton, Sr. of McDonough, Georgia passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the age of 70. Ronnie was born on August 13, 1944 to Clarence and Thelma Thornton of Jonesboro, Georgia. Upon graduating from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and the FBI Academy in Washington, DC he became an officer for the Clayton County Police Department. He served for 14 years where he rose from the rank of patrolman to Chief. He was considered by many in the law enforcement community to be a visionary thinker who helped transform the small rural department into the professional law enforcement organization that it is today. After his retirement from the police department in 1980, he became a prominent businessman and philanthropist with numerous developments around the metropolitan Atlanta area and US Virgin Islands. Some highlights of his career were helping to bring the Beach Volleyball Venue to Clayton County for the 1996 Olympics, playing a major role in the development of Henry County Airport in Hampton and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Ronnie was also known as someone with a giving heart supporting numerous charities.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Margie; children and their spouses, Stephanie (John) Turpin of Atlanta, Ronnie, Jr. (Christie) Thornton of Locust Grove, Andrew (Mimi) Thompson of Atlanta, Leslie (Beau) Nelson of Covington; grandchildren, Gadson, Kalee, Marley, Julian, Mason, Ella, Drew, Anabelle, Maddox and Madeline.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 27, at Stockbridge First United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm with Elder Eldrin Bell officiating. The family will receive guest from 1:00 pm until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clayton County Humane Society at or the Kensley Grace Aquatic Center at


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December 18, 1928 – June 6, 2020
28th President SPIAA (1978-79)

Paul H. Uselton, Jr., born Wednesday, December 18, 1928, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Nashville, at age 91.

He was preceded in death by beloved wife, Bernice Binkley Uselton; parents, Paul Herman Uselton, Sr. and Beadie Buttrey Uselton; son-in-law Kelly Mullins, and grandsons Kelly Lynn and Steve Mullins.

Paul is survived by children: Terry Uselton (Marsha), Judy Mullins, Kathy Mullins (Harold), Randy Uselton (Glenda), Richard Uselton (Deana); grandchildren: Nathan, Beth, Cindy, Sean, Jason, Rachel, Chris, Abby; great-grandchildren: Dagon, Kaden, Kelsey, Virginia, Cody, Madison, Devon, Bailey, Tanner, Kasey, Christina, and Bryson.

Paul retired in 1990 as Assistant Police Chief, Metro Nashville Police Department, after 35 years in law enforcement. "Chief" was past president of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, member of First Baptist Church, Joelton, and former member of both a country and western band and a dance band in his early days. As well as a talented musician, Paul loved golfing, fishing, boating, grilling steaks, and watching all manner of sports. "Pops" loved his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, taking the little ones for rides around the backyard on his golf cart, and rejoicing in their visits til the end.

Raised during the Depression, Pops traveled with parents around the country, graduated from Cohn High School in Nashville, studied music at Peabody College, served in the army (regimental band), worked at Lovelace Candy Company, then became a beat policeman, paddy wagon driver, motorcycle officer, captain, then head of the Uniform Services Division of MNPD.

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35 March 21-June 10, 1966

Lee Bert Hawkins
(April 7, 1940 – December 19, 2019)

Lee Bert Hawkins, 79, husband of Donna Barger Hawkins, passed away on Saturday, December 21st, 2019. He was born on April 7th, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, son of the late Berton Wright Hawkins and Dora Frances (Storts) Hawkins.


Bert was an Alumni of Georgetown College and had been a Georgetown College Administrator for twenty years and served for fifteen years in Police Administration and Public Safety. Bert was a member of the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame as a distinguished Alum. He served as the Executive Director of the Lexington Humane Society and was responsible for the construction of the new animal shelter facility.


Bert was a member of First United Methodist Church and had attended North East Christian Church and Crossroad Christian Church. In addition to his beloved wife of fifty-four years, Bert is survived by his son, Dr. Travis (Elise) Hawkins; his daughter, Kellie (Matt) Hasenbalg; three grandchildren, Jordan, Joshua and Hollee Hasenbalg; numerous cousins and dear friends. Besides his parents, Bert was preceded in death by his sister Shirley Jean Hawkins.


Bert’s Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held at 3pm on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at Johnson’s Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 1pm until service time. Reverend Whit Criswell and Reverend Brent Barger will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Bluegrass Hospice Care, 1317 US Highway 62E, Cynthiana, Kentucky 41031 or to Georgetown College, 400 east College Street, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324.


From his wife, Donna: “In his last year, especially, he spoke often of his law enforcement years and the Southern Police Institute.”
1935 - 2016

From Mildred White, 91st AOC: Captain Strode was my Captain when I attended SPI, 91st AOC and was instrumental in me receiving a scholarship from the South Carolina SPIAA of which he was a member and later so was I.  SCSPIAA was the closest state chapter we could join. Georgia organized a chapter many years later.  Captain Strode was my first Captain when I was hired as the first female police officer in 1973 and one of the best supervisors
with Savan
nah Police.  Millie White, 91st AOC, Durango, CO

From Ronald W. Cook, Sr., 45th AOC, Past President SPIAA: Marvin was a dedicated alumni of U of L, The Southern Police Institute and the SPIAA.  He faithfully attended the conferences for over 50 years, and was directly involved in hosting three conferences in South Carolina. He and his family were well known by the SPI staff and SPIAA attendees.  Ronald "Ron" W. Cook Sr., Lt. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Retired, 45th AOC, Past President SPIAA

          Major Marvin Grigsby Strode, Savannah Police Department, Retired, 81, of Savannah, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at Memorial Medical Health University surrounded by his family. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was a veteran, having served in the US Air Force and a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville.  Major Strode retired after 32 years, with the Savannah Police Department, where he served in many command rolls and retired as a Major. He worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Police Department for 7 years, and, after retirement from the police department, was Head Security Officer with the Chatham County Court House for 7 years.

          He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of Ardsley Park Baptist Church for 62 years, where he was a Deacon Emeritus and an active member in the Vota Vita Coursey Sunday School Class.

          He is survived by his wife, Erline Shearouse Strode of Savannah, Georgia, 3 sons, Sammy Strode, Greg Strode (Twila Taylor Strode), and Randy Strode, a daughter, Suzanne Strode Schuman (Drew Brunson Schuman), a brother, Fred Owen Strode, 8 grandchildren (5 girls and 3 boys), 1 great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Buena Strode, and four brothers.

          Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Baker McCullough Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel. Funeral Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ardsley Park Baptist Church, with Rev. Buddy Clay, and Rev. John Tillman. Major Strode will be taken to the church to lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, with Police Honors, by the Savannah Police Department. Pallbearers will be: Grandsons, and Honorary Pallbearers, will be the Board of Deacons of Ardsley Park Baptist Church, members of the Savannah Police Department, and Members of the Court House Security Officers. Remembrances: Ardsley Park Baptist Church.

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November 5, 1940 – October 23, 2016

     Barbara K Campbell,75, passed away Sunday October 23, 2016. She was born November 5, 1940, in Rosewood, IN, to the late Kermit Mason and Mary Kirkham Mason.

She was a me
mber of Highland Baptist Church, a charter member of the Jean Janes mission group, and served on many committees at her church, and women's auxiliary at S.P.I.A.A. She had been a hostess for many years with the Junior Miss KY pageant and the Miss Kentucky pageant. She participated with the Miss Vicki's estate sales.

Survivors include her husband Bob E. Campbell, her daughters Laura K Hamilton and Leann Gritton (Jack), her step-daughter Denise Hendrick (Jay), her two sisters Carolyn Johns and Nancy Hottell, and her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate Barbara's life will be held at 10 am, Thursday, at Highland Baptist Church, 1101 Cherokee Road, with interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, IN.

Visitation will be 1 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, at Arch L. Heady, Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road.

Expressions of sympathy are requested to: Jean Janes mission group at her church or to U of L S.P.I. Dorothy Clore Scholarship Fund.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to University of Louisville/Dorothy Clore Scholarship Fund, c/o Southern Police Institute, McCandless Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, RE: In Memory of Barbara Campbell, or online through the SPIAA webpage.       PDF Version



AOC 68 August 8 - November 5, 1982
Past President, North Carolina Chapter of SPIAA


Andrew “Drew” F. Cannady, 66, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015.  March 11, 1949 – May 11, 2015.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1900 West Market St., Greensboro, NC. Inurnment followed at the church columbarium.  Drew was born on March 11, 1949 in Wake County to the late Armstrong and Margaret Cannady.

Drew retired in January, 2004 after nearly 31 years of service with the Greensboro Police Department rising to the rank of Captain. He supervised Field Operations, Tactical Division, Vice Narcotics, Special Operations Division, Records Division and Criminal Investigations Division. He was most proud that he mentored numerous young officers who eventually became Captains, Deputy Chiefs and Chiefs of Police.

He was president of Cannady Associates, a law enforcement consulting firm. Drew was an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) with numerous assessments across the country. He received his BS in Administration of Justice from Guilford College and Master of Arts from UNC-Greensboro. Drew was also a member of the North Carolina National Guard 1969-1991 where he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class and trained officer candidates. He was a member of First Christian Church and Summit Rotary Club. Other civic involvement included Greensboro Jaycees where he served as a member of the executive committee of the Greater Greensboro Open and served as President of Jaycee Oldtimers.

Drew was past President of the North Carolina Chapter of the Southern Police Institute's Alumni Association, past President of Greensboro 100 Club, Board of Directors of Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and served as a Special Olympics volunteer. He was also an active member of the First Christian Men's Fellowship.

Drew cherished his friends both in and outside the law enforcement profession, including his friends from the Jaycees, Rotary, church, Taurus Investment Club and the 100 Club. Certainly his pals at Fisher's will raise a glass in his honor.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia H. Cannady; son, James Andrew Cannady; brother, Cary Bunn Cannady and nephew Grayson Cannady of Zebulon, NC; aunt, Dr. Olena Bunn of Greensboro; and cousin David Bunn and his wife Ellen Birrell of Santa Paula, CA.The family wishes to thank Teresa Arnold, Susan Singer, Randy Ariail and Brenda Bishop for their gracious yet gentle, steadfast care of Drew in his final days. Their friendship and love has meant so much.

Immediately following the service, the family received friends in the fellowship hall at First Christian Church, 1900 West Market St., Greensboro 27403. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church at the address above, The Greensboro Police Foundation, P.O. Box 26140, Greensboro, NC 27402 and Summit Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 930, Greensboro, NC 27402.

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AOC 30 September - November 1963

HERBERT E. BOND was retired as Sheriff of Ware County, Georgia.  He was the only person in Waycross and Ware County history to serve as both Chief of the Waycross Police Department and Sheriff of Ware County. He served as Sheriff longer than anyone else in Ware County History. He passed away on May 8, 2015, at theMayo Clinic Health System at Waycross Georgia following a lengthy illness.  He was 89.

From James Pope:  Sheriff Bond was instrumental to policing in south Georgia and became a legend in the region and state for his integrity and desire for the advancement of the police profession. He and my grandfather Ray Pope worked together to bring education and training standards to the police profession in Georgia. He was able to see the errors of policing during the 1950s and 1960s and help mold the future of the profession into the great police force that it is today. During a tumultuous time in the south, Waycross was able to integrate many private businesses far ahead of any other town in the deep south because the police department was operated by forward thinking and equal minded men like Mr. Bond. Many future chiefs and sheriffs got their start under Hubert Bond and his outstanding impact to law enforcement will remain for many years to come.

Thank you,
James Pope
Waycross, GA


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Husband of past SPIAA Secretary, Jean Moe-Prince

PRINCE, Donald M., a resident of Equality, Alabama was born September 2, 1947 in Palatka, Florida and passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the age of 66. Don was retired from the Orange County Fire Department, Orange County Florida. The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. at Equality United Methodist Church. Funeral services are Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Equality United Methodist Church with Bro. Gene Lankford and Bro. Bill Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Equality United Methodist Church Cemetery. Don is survived by his wife, Jean Moe-Prince and numerous nieces and nephews.


LEMMOND, Edna Odom, 79, of Laurinburg, North Carolina
June 14, 1934 – March 4, 2014

          Edna Lemmond died peacefully after a visit to the dentist. She was the widow of Rick Lemmond of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Mother of Frederick M. Lemmond 82nd AOC (Lieutenant Retired North Carolina Highway Patrol and Past SPIAA National Treasurer), Mother of Nancy Maultsby (Past National President SPIAA Auxiliary), and Mother-in-law of Melissa Lemmond (Past National President SPIAA Auxiliary). The Lemmond family has been great supporters of the SPI, the Alumni Association and the Auxiliary. The Alumni Association named their annual convention golf outing in their honor. Edna was the keeper of the history of our association and a great person to be with. She shall surely be missed.

     She is survived by her sons, Fred Lemmond (Melissa) of Henderson, Paul Lemmond (Terry) of Laurinburg, and Michael Lemmond (Wendy) of Greensboro; her daughter, Nancy Maultsby (Alex) of Zebulon; her sister, Carolyn Herndon of Bennettsville, SC; her sister-in-law, Raleigh; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

      Born June 6, 1934 in Marlboro County, SC she was a daughter of the late Rufus and Nancy Wynn Odom and widow of the late Frederick "Ricky" Lemmond. She served with Greenville TV and Appliance in Greenville, the Richmond Parks & Recreation, and with the Clerk of Superior Courts in wake and Guilford County.

      Edna was a founding member and past president and secretary of the NC State Highway Patrol Auxiliary, a past president and historian of the State Police Institute Alumni Auxiliary, and a volunteer for Hospice of Scotland County.

      An active member of the First United Methodist Church, she was the Wednesday night supper cook and coordinator, a church office volunteer, and a member of the United Methodist Women, JOY Club, Cynthia Class, and the Sandhills Emmaus Community.

     Charity donations in Edna's name are requested to Hospice of Scotland County, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

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Service Information

Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Nettie Hammond Fellowship Hall
First United Methodist Church
101 W. Church St.
Laurinburg, NC 28352

Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 11:10 a.m.
First United Methodist Church
101 W. Church St.
Laurinburg, NC 28352




AOC 82
44th President of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, 1994-1995

WILSON, Major Ramon L, 78, of Boone County, Kentucky
December 8, 1935 - February 15, 2014

     Ramon L. Wilson 82 AOC was the 44th National President of SPI Alumni Association. He served as President from 1994-1995. In 1995 he hosted the National Alumni Conference in Northern Kentucky. He was a retired Major from the Boone County Police Department, Kentucky. He and his entire family attended every conference. His three daughters often entertained the conference delegates by singing. The loss of his wife in January 2011 and his illness prevented him from attending these past few years.  

Ray's Daughter Robin writes: "You know how very proud he was to be involved and a part of the SPIAA.  We have designated donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the SPIAA in his honor.  He will proudly be wearing his class ring and SPIAA past president placard for the service."

     He was an Army Veteran; Retired Major for the Boone County Police Department and developed their Photography Department; Graduate of the 82nd AOC Southern Police Institute and was Historian of his Class; Past President in 1994-1995 of the SPIAA; Member of Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion; loved music and UK Basketball.  He was preceded in death by his wife Alma Wilson in January 2011 and is survived by daughters Ramona Wilson, Rene’ L. (Larry) Jent and Robin (Eric) Vogelpohl, and grandchildren Kevin Robinson and Amanda Russell.

     A memorial service will be held at 10AM Friday February 21 at the Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042.  The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5-8PM at the Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ramon Wilson’s name may be made to the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

Service Information

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41402
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41402

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     AOC 110

     August 15, 1962 - February 1, 2014

     Clark Morrow, 51 of Olathe, passed away unexpectedly on February 1st, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 15th, 1962 to Robert and Barbara Morrow in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

     Clark worked as a police officer in the City of Olathe from January 19th, 1989 until he retired on March 18th, 2013. During his service to the community of Olathe he worked as a Police Officer in Patrol and Investigations; a Sergeant in Patrol and Police Administration; a Lieutenant in Investigations; a Captain in Investigations and Patrol; and a Major in Support Services. During his time of service he was the recipient of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Silver Award for Valor in 1993 as well as the department’s Medal of Valor and Purple Heart uniform bar.

     Additionally, Clark received the highest award given to law enforcement officers with the City of Olathe three times-the William A. Shepard Award. He was the commander for the first few days in Greensburg, Kansas after the devastating tornado strike there. He proudly served the citizens of Olathe and the regional area for 24 years.

     For more than a decade Clark has been writing films, plays and books. In 2006 his screenplay “Peepers” was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowship. He went on to write several original screenplays and teleplays and was working with producers in Hollywood developing film and tv projects. Since retirement he has been dividing his time between Olathe and Los Angeles. His play “The War Room” was selected for presentation and workshop as part of PlayLab at the Great Plains Theater Conference in 2012. He recently completed his first novel “Hitch in the City.” He was a proud member of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Dramatists Guild of America.

     Clark was a genuine, caring man who had a deep love for his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by many.   He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Brenda Lee Miller.

     Clark is survived by his wife of thirty-two years Andrea Morrow and his loving daughters, Emma and Mairen, and his “adopted” son, Andrew Whiteside and his brother Danny Morrow.

A memorial service will be 10AM Sat. Feb. 8th at the College Church of the Nazarene 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe, Ks, the family will receive friends Friday evening from 5-8PM at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Andrea Morrow for a college fund to be supplemented for Emma and Mairen. To leave a special message for the family please visit

Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 5, 2014

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Friday, February 07, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe, KS 66062

Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 10:00 AM
College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe, KS 66062

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John Wesley Burrow
AOC 17
Turned 100 on March 5, 2013 (March 5 1913-March 29, 2013)


          Captain John Wesley Burrow, 100, of Salem, Va., passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Almyra Beazley Burrow (Almyra’s online obituary deceased April 15, 2010). He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Lynn Burrow, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Richard and Janet Burrow, of Roanoke. Capt. Burrow is also survived by nine grandchildren; ten great-granddaughters; his sisters, Katherine B. Munt Tompkins, Helen B. Adams, and Ruth B. Figg; brother-in-law, Kenneth Figg; sister-in-law, Lillian Burrow; a number of nieces and nephews; and his devoted family friend, Mattie Mann.

          John Burrow was born on March 5, 1913, the son of Joseph Henry and Ladye Pierce Warren Burrow. He spent his childhood near Burrowsville in Prince George County, Va., where he grew up on a farm in a family of eleven children, five girls and six boys. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by seven brothers and sisters, Aubrey Burrow, Joseph Burrow Jr., Waverly Burrow, Billy Burrow, Dick Burrow, Jennie Mae B. Hedgepeth, and Sue B. Hohman.

          After enlisting in the Navy in 1942, he served in World War II for three years, two as Chief Warrant Officer aboard the USS Alpine, an amphibious ship in the Pacific Theatre of Operation. He was the recipient of six Bronze Stars, the WWII Victory Award, and a Navy Unit Commendation Award.

          After the war, he returned to his former position as Trooper with the Virginia State Police. Throughout the following years, he moved through the ranks with assignments in eight Virginia communities. In 1961, Capt. Burrow became the first Commander of the Sixth Division when it was established in Salem. He remained there as Division Commander until his retirement in 1973 with 34 years of service.

          He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Salem for 51 years and was a member and past president of the Salem Kiwanis Club.

          In 2010, the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution commending Capt. Burrow for his outstanding service to the citizens of the Commonwealth, an “expression of the admiration, respect, and gratitude of the General Assembly.” In 2013, on the occasion of his 100th birthday, the City of Salem issued a Proclamation in his honor and he received a Plaque of Recognition from the VSP Alumni Association.

          The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, VA.  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel. There will also be a period of visitation on Saturday, April 6, 2013 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Newville United Methodist Church in Disputanta, Va. A graveside service will then follow at 11 a.m. in the Burrow Family Cemetery adjacent to the church. The Virginia State Police will provide an Honor Guard for the services.

          Memorial gifts may be given to First United Methodist Church at 125 W. Main Street in Salem, Va. 24153; to the Newville United Methodist Church at 9014 Hines Road in Disputanta, Va. 23842; or to the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Brandon Oaks Rehabilitation Center, as well as many friends and family members who supported John, especially during his 99th and 100th years.

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Edward Lovell Mercer
38th AOC, August 28-Nov 17, 1967

      Edward Lovell Mercer passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. He was born in Greenville, KY, on June 3, 1942.He was a proud graduate of Owensboro Senior High School and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Louisville. He was also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and the F.B.I. National Academy.

       Ed joined the United States Army after graduation from high school and served three years (1959-1962). He was with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany during the time when the Berlin Wall was erected. Ed was appointed to the Louisville Division of Police on January 29, 1964 and served the City of Louisville for 27 years. He retired with the rank of Major/Assistant Chief and was the Chief of Detectives for the last five years of his service. Among his many achievements, he was the founder and first commander of the Louisville Police Honor Guard. He also established the nationally recognized Crimes Against Children Unit. He went on to serve as the director of the Division of Special Investigations of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and then as the director of Enforcement for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He retired from active law enforcement in 2003 and became a private investigator. In 2008, he was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators and served as the chairman of that board until 2012. In addition to his law enforcement career, Ed served as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisville, Austin Peay State University, Bethel University and Sullivan University. Additionally, he lectured nationwide for the Southern Police Institute. He also taught frequently for the Louisville Police Academy and the Kentucky Department for Criminal Justice Training. He was a Master Mason and Past Master of Sunset Lodge 915, F.& A.M. He was also a 32nd degree Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Louisville; a member of the York Rite bodies and a past commander of the Legion of Honor of the Kosair Shrine.

       Ed's involvement with the Boy Scouts of America spanned most of his life. He was a Scout as a boy, then served in many positions as an adult leader. He was a member of the Lincoln Heritage Council Executive Board, the Southern Region Executive Board and the National Boy Scout Advancement Committee. For his service to Scouting, he was awarded the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope. After his retirement, Ed satisfied a lifelong ambition by writing and publishing a novel. His book, The Dead Stroll, a novel about police investigations in the 1960s in Louisville, was very successful in Louisville area and stayed on The Courier Journal local best-seller list for 10 weeks.

       He is survived by his wife and best friend, the love of his life, Sharon Eli Mercer; his son, Owen Edward Mercer; his daughter, Mauri Smith (Curtis); his brother, Harry D. Brown, of Greenville; his sister, Frances Baker, of Hopkinsville, KY; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and his beloved Golden Retriever, Sarah.

       There will be a celebration of Ed’s life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Visitation is 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. An FOP memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday with a Scottish Rite service to follow. Interment will be at McKnight Cemetery in Christian County, KY. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Kosair Charities; Lincoln Heritage Council, B.S.A; The Scottish Rite Foundation; or GRRAND. Condolence notes to Sharon E Mercer, 4627 Beaver Rd., Louisville, KY 40207-3513.

          In 2011, Ed was a guest speaker at the International Association of Women Police Annual Training Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.  He became a quick favorite and gave insights on how he developed characters for his book, The Dead Stroll, available at  Ed was working on his second book when he passed away. Shown below are photos from the book signing in 2011 at the IAWP Conference.

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Jerry W. Lovitt
81st AOC

          Jerry W. Lovitt passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at home surrounded by his loved ones and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. A native of Williamsburg, he was born July 3, 1945, to the late Elmer and Edna Prewitt Lovitt. Jerry served 35 years in the military including U.S. Army, National Guard and Coast Guard, retiring as commander of the 615th MP Det. (CID). He received the Soldier’s Medal and the Legion of Merit Award as well as many others. He was a career Kentucky State Police officer, holding every permanent and appointed rank in the organization, and retired after 27 years as commissioner. He was a former commander of the Richmond Post 7 and was awarded the KSP medal for meritorious service and the Valor Award for bravery. He earned his MA from Eastern Kentucky University, where he was a adjunct professor in the school of law enforcement, was selected outstanding alumni in 1991, and was inducted into the EKU Hall of Fame in 1995. After his retirement, he worked for the city of Nicholasville for more than 10 years. Jerry was a member of Southland Christian Church, the Hart Lodge No. 61 F & AM, and numerous law-enforcement organizations, as well as the Nicholasville Rotary Club, serving on the scholarship committee, the DAV, and many other boards and committees.

          He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debbie Roberts Lovitt; son Jerry Marc Lovitt and wife Heather; his granddaughters whom he dearly loved, Erin Harper and Jessica Noelle; brothers Matt and wife Becky, and Joe and wife Pat; sister Naomi; special cousin Jr. Prewitt; and dear friends John and Monica West, whose support helped fight this battle. He was preceded in death by the light of his life, daughter Sara Hart Lovitt; three brothers Paul, Charles and Martin; and sister Retha. His remembrance ceremony was held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at Hughes Auditorium, Wilmore, and was officiated by James Hodge and Charlie Johnson. Honoring him as pallbearers were KSP Post 7. Honorary bearers were John West, Hugh Henkle, Jesse Holbrook, Gerald Cobb, Don Falin, Jim Tipton, Charlie Johnson, Billy Wellman, Whiz and David Latham. He was laid to rest beside their daughter in Maple Grove Cemetery.

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James Marshall Jacobs
52nd AOC, Aug 19-Nov 22, 1974

     James Marshall Jacobs, 81, of Salem, died on Thursday, April 26, 2012. He was born on July 22, 1930 in Thoroughfare Gap in Fauquier County and grew up in Rapidan in Culpeper County. He was a proud Korean War veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps and stationed at Quantico, VA. Professionally, he was retired from the VA State Police Division 6 Headquarters in Glenvar after 37 ½ years having moved through the ranks as Trooper to Captain. His church membership was held at Cave Spring Baptist Church. He was also a big Atlanta Braves fan.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, Raymond Logan and Cecelia Owens Jacobs; and a brother, Raymond Logan Jacobs, Jr. His surviving family includes his wife, Nancy R. Jacobs of Salem; children, Douglas Marshall Jacobs and wife, Kathleen, of Hardy, Susan A. Jacobs of Hollywood, FL, and Carol A. Nin and husband, Robert, of Coral Springs, FL; granddaughter, Elizabeth Lauren Jacobs; brother, Shirly Lee Jacobs and wife, Anne, of Bristol, TN; sisters-in-law, Billie Jacobs, Frances Runyon, and Dot Mowbray; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special dog, Sadie.

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