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Officer George Arnold Kemp | Thomasville Police Department, North Carolina Thomasville Police Department, North Carolina

Officer

George Arnold Kemp

Thomasville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, December 7, 1942
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Reflections for Officer George Arnold Kemp

 

With love, honor and remembrance on the 75th.

You are not forgotten.

Chris Yarbrough
Citizen
December 7, 2017

Remembering you and your family on the 74th.

Chris Yarbrough
Citizen
December 7, 2016

I am a retired police officer who was in Mint. Airy to visit with an old partner and friend of mine when I happened to see a young man carrying a case containing dome police patches and badges. As with many law enforcement I am Aldo a collector of police patches and badges so I approached this young man as ed were inside of z Main St. Store to inquirer about yhe possibilyy of trading some patches.
Imagine my surprise not only to learn of this fine officer's murdrt do long ago But Aldo to learn ybzg this wsz one of yhe officers dons and the patches and badges were hus dad's.
We stood and spoke about the case as well ss this book which was just released from publication as he awaited a reporter from a local media to come for an interview. It took me this long yo finally get dome time to read the book but I found that once I had finally started to read it I just could not put the book down all yhe whole praying that somehow tjisd responsible would be held accountable but as we k.ow-- to many years had passed before the town finally hired a chief of police who would to the right and lawfully investigation.
I do hope gust yhe town hes since taken the retired chief up on the request yo renamed yhe road in memory of this fallen officer. May he rest in peace now knowing that those responsible have met with someon at the Pearly Gates who in turn denied them entrance through yhe pearly gates and instead gave a pitch fork and detailed directions to their new living assignments.

Reginald B. Patchell Police Officer spec
East Haddam Ct Police Dept & Stste of Ct investigator
February 2, 2016

Remembering you on the 73rd.

By faith, we know:

"I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. "

Chris Yarbrough
Citizen
December 7, 2015

me and my wife was in mt airy today and met jimmy very nice man he told us the story about his farther with us being from davidson county you could here the pain in his heart when he told us about his dad thomasville pd and davidson county should step up for this even though everyone may be gone the city still needs to do whats right

bobby b
June 22, 2015

While in Mt Airy today I got the privilege to meet Jimmy Kemp. I am a retired police officer and after he told me the story about his father I couldn't wait to get home and read more about the circumstances of his fathers death. You are keeping your fathers memory alive by sharing your story with strangers. It would be nice if the Thomasville PD reopened the case even though it might never be solved. Your father deserves this. Thank you for sharing your story with me and it was a pleasure to meet you.

Retired Sgt Lisa Linker
Concord Police Dept, NC
November 11, 2014

Well said, Chris. Time and God will, or most probably has brought justice to the guilty ones. You have done an outstanding job.

Ruby Joyce Flowers Hughes
Friend and neighbor
June 24, 2014

On behalf of Jim, Billy, myself and any others who remember that day so well, thank you, Chris. This was a very accurate and touching tribute.

Ruby Joyce Flowers Hughes
Friend and neighbor
June 24, 2014

Patrolman George A. Kemp,

Until today, I did not believe I had yet earned the privilege of approaching this memorial with the words I now want to convey, always believing that there was another stone to be turned in the history of your forgotten case. May you now rest in eternal peace, knowing that every possible effort has been expended in explaining the circumstances of your death.

With this privilege also comes the responsibility of apologizing to you for our human failings in not being able to do more. Time, aided by cowardice and politics, were simply your murderers’ greatest accomplices. We, as a society, must share that shame.

So many were affected by your story. In contrast, the once-influential names likely responsible for your murder are hardly remembered. Their graves in City Cemetery lie unadorned, as though those once powerful men never lived. While their wealth and prominence commanded influence and respect in life, such came to vanity in the great equalizer of death.

Yet you are still remembered.

While that is our resolution, our consolation lies in faith.

Your wife, Nell, crossed the divide in 1988, Bill reuniting with you at long-last in 2003. I need not tell you of the honorable vigil of your devoted son, Jimmy. I simply know that you know, at a loss for words that only tears can adequately convey in expressing the pain of a lifetime.

Here, his journey continues, much as that gray noon in December 1942, hurrying home from school after he and Bill learned you were missing. I trust that when his time has come, you will meet him at that hallowed bridge, taking him home at last into those eternal prisms beyond. That journey will finally end in the presence of the Lord, where “there will no longer be any death … mourning, crying or pain; because the former world has passed away.”

This we trust in faith.

While no criminal prosecution will ever occur in atonement for your unresolved murder, it is my and others’ hope that you find a measure of peace knowing this memorial now accurately explains the circumstances of your death and that any future information brought to our attention will be pursued in the interests of justice and your memory.

In remembrance of you and this sacred history, I remain,

Chris Yarbrough
Citizen
June 20, 2014

To the Kemp Family, I believe that the story listed here is correct and unfortunately all individuals involved are now deceased. They may not have answer to man, but they will answer to the Almighty...

Karen Thomas, Citizen of Thomasville
May 19, 2014

I went on the walking tour of Thomasville tonight and heard this story for the first time. I have lived in Thomasville all my life, 38 years, and did not know this part of the history. I am perplexed by this mystery and think it should still be investigated. Definitely needs to be solved!

Mrs. Stacie Womack
October 27, 2013

I am not apolice office, but have several as friends and have taught law and history before retiring in Michigan. My wife and I recently visited Mt. Airy, NC and happened to meet the very gracious "Jimmy" Kemp. He showed us around town, but never mentioned his father to us. In trying to find an address for Mr. Kemp, to send him a thank-you note, we stumbled across information about the unsolved murder of his father's (George Arnold Kemp, 1942) We believe that all cold cases should be resolved for their family, especially those of police officers. Thompsonville, NC should revive and continue the search for the truth behind the murder of Patrolman George Kemp, helping to bring closure for his remaining family.

James E. Benjamin
retired law instructor
September 16, 2013

I agree with Ken Taylor's comments. God knows no mysteries. 1942 was a long time ago, but nontheless, justice has/will be served.

Stan Jefferson
citizen
August 3, 2013

Met James Kemp in My. Airy July 2nd (my 68th birthday) and he related the story of his father. Know a little about as we live in Thomasville. Men of means carry a lot of weight and can get things done that some only dream of. The powerful jaws of these animals can rip to threads a lessor victim. But know this, there is an advocate, JESUS CHRIST. None of those involved will never get by Him. He is the righteous Judge.......

Ken Taylor
a friend
July 3, 2013

Dec 7, 1942 will always be etched in my memory as much as Dec 7, 1941. My closest neighbors and childhood friends were rushed away (I was later told for their safety). Everyone was (and is) in agreement with the above account.

R. Joyce Flowers Hughes
Friend and neighbor
February 15, 2013

I grew up in T'ville. Rumors in the 40's had it that Officer Kemp was killed because he discovered some goin's on involving gambling and women that involved prominent locals, including the bank president. Put down the shaft to make it appear an accident. Old, old tabloid THE GRIT did a big piece on it. There is a new book about it, just published.

Rev. Roger Chance
citizen
October 26, 2011

I recently visited Mt Airy and went to the grave of Eng and Chang Bunker. I noticed a older gentleman tending to a grave and he began to talk to us about the twins. He then told us a story about his father and how he had been murdered.I believe we talked for about a hour.Every day since that meeting I have thought about that man tending to his fathers grave.I just can't imagine what that family must have went through to have someone taken from them in that way. I am so glad that I met his son that day. I will never forget our conversation and I will remember his father and tell the story to my children and grandchildren and he will always be remembered.

Amy Rhoton
September 19, 2010

Rest in Peace Brother. The cowards who dared not face you have or will face a much sterner justice than anything here on earth.

Anonymous
February 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 67th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

If your death had happened today, the advancement in forensics may have resulted in a different outcome, an outcome that would have given your family some sense of justice.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
December 7, 2009

I met you (the son) at Snappy Lunch in Mt Airy a few years ago and we spoke shortly about your father and this story. I've though of u often. May he rest in peace..And may you live in peace

Anonymous
October 4, 2009

My father George Arnold Kemp carried himself with care and concern, confidence, dignity, respect and love.

james f kemp
older son
May 11, 2009

My grandfather, Farley Kemp, was George's brother. I found some newspaper clippings in my mother's things when she passed on. Very few and it was never talked about. Any information I can get on this matter will be appreciated. I am haunted by this.

jeffrey p. falardeau
great nephew
March 24, 2009

I can only tell you that his death had a profound affect on the life of his sons and wife. I can't help but believe that someone in Thomasville or the surrounding area knows/knew the details surrounding Officer Kemp's murder. They have had to live with it and they will have to answer for it.

Michael Rose
extended family member
February 8, 2008

I wish that his family could know the truth about his death. Many may have known but cannot answer their questions now. I grew up hearing about him and I feel that he truly was trying to be a very upstanding officer. My mom and uncles knew his children and went to school with them at the time of his death. May they find peace and understanding. Thank you to whoever finally listed him as killed on duty.


December 4, 2007

No departed officer should go without reflection. Rest easy Officer Kemp.

EWC John M. Mumper
USNR (Ret.)
June 5, 2006

 
 

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