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(Melbourne) – Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence recently announced his intention of establishing a photo gallery of as many of the previous Izard County Sheriffs as possible.

The Sheriffs’ Photo Gallery will be located in the main entrance to the sheriff’s office and detention facility in Melbourne, and requests that, if possible, the pictures submitted is one with the sheriff wearing a badge or uniform. The picture will be copied to a standardized size and the original will be returned to the sender provided a return address is enclosed with the picture. If you have one, you are requested to send it to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, P.O. Box 370, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556.

Sheriff Lawrence requests that descendants of deceased sheriffs provide a picture if one is available. The following is a list of previous sheriffs, now deceased, in the order they served beginning in 1825: John Adams, John Hargrove, Daniel Jeffery, J.A. Harris, D.K. Loyd, Miles Jeffery, S.E. Rossen. S.J. Mason, John Woods, A. Adams, W.J. Cagle, R.L. Landers, J.M. Hinkle, J.S. Roberts, T.J. Williamson, and D.S. Freeman. Those who served beginning in 1901 were J.A. Harris, P.A. Billingsley, W.A. ”Boss” Wilson, W.T. Clem, G.R. ”Roll” Sanders, R.J. Estes, D.O. Johnson, J.A. “Jim Butter” Harris, W.E. Billingsley, Van P. Johnson, A.J. Rodman, Lawrence Harber, Jewell Harber, Boyce Cook, Elmer Fudge, C.H. Estes, and Raymond Vaughn.

Anyone having knowledge of any of the deceased sheriff’s ancestors or having historically significant information regarding any of our past sheriffs is requested to call 870-368-4203.


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