Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Milwood L. Stokes

Whigham Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, April 6, 1980

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Reflections for Chief of Police Milwood L. Stokes

I remember it like yesterday. I was his son in law. Worked with him directly as his Lt. was working as Police officer in Florida. We heard the call come over inter department radio which never had happened. I was on duty. Immediately new it was him. Went back to station left for Ga. he passed in surgery! Thank u for ur inspiration, ur service both retired military and law enforcement. i stand tall for you!

Ofc Quinton Finuff
Retired Officer son in law

April 12, 2020

Chief Stokes,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whigham. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 6, 2020

Will never forget it all. Working with you as your Lt. Laughing with you! That terrible night at my police dept. we heard it over the radio then the phone call came in. I sunk in my chair. Had to be strong and take my wife to hospital where u passed. Cried with family. Watched the longest funeral procession in my life! Always looked up to you. To my Chief, Father in law, Masonic Brother and my Friend. See u again! ❤️

Lt Quinton Finuff
Son in law

April 8, 2019

Your courage is remembered today and always Chief, Rest in Peace my brother. May the Lord bless your family always.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

April 12, 2017

You were my Dads Best Friend. (Danny Harris Sr. ) My Dad speaks of you often. He still refers to you as his best friend. He has lots of stories to tell as I am sure you are still listening. I remember many times you coming thru the front door of our house. We miss you so much.You will forever be in his heart and ours.
Thank you for serving and protecting your community. Thank you for being an amazing friend and co-worker with Dad. Till we all meet again.

Janey Nola
Friend

May 24, 2016

Thinking about you today. Many thanks for your service and my prayers be with your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 6, 2016

I was a Deputy Sheriff at the time Chief Bud Stokes was in Attapulgus, GA. Had the pleasure of working with him on many occasions. He was not only a person that took his job seriously, he was a friend as well. Will always remember him as both. May God Bless and keep his family and friends.

Former Deputy Sheriff Gene Heard
Decatur County Sheriff's Department

April 4, 2015

Chief Stokes was the former police chief in Attapulgus, Ga. which is in Decatur County Ga. E.O.W. was in Grady County, Ga. I remember him when I was not in law enforcement and he was a very good man.Some in society never realize the sacrifices a family makes after the death of an officer. God Bless Chief Stokes and his family.

Sheriff Wiley Griffin
Decatur County Sheriff's Office

April 3, 2015

Daddy

No rank 35 yrs ago you were taken away f

April 2, 2015

My Daddy

No rank Karen Stokes Montana

April 2, 2015

Papa its me chriropjer lavon I love u and miss you ever day I've never gotten over what was taken from our family ...I many times thought of revenge but the one time I had the chance you told me don't do it ...it will make you no better than him ...and it says vengeance is mine saithe the lord amen .I my self have a very hard time dealing with my grandfathers death I'll be at the grave sit this Friday .I know its early but I need to be close

3rd oldest grandchild
grandson

April 1, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 7, 2012

Rest in Peace, Chief Stokes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

TO THE FAMILY I'M SORRY, AND I SOME TIME DON'T AGREE WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, BUT LAST NIGHT I HAD MR. GREEN IN THE REAR SEAT OF MY PATROL CAR. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILED US A MURDERER IS BACK ON THE STREETS, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO RUN I'M GOING TO BE READY. LIFE IN PRISON ISN'T 30 YEARS IT'S THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT IS GOING ON?!!!!!!!

P.S. TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS PLEASE BE SAFE AND YOU AS WELL BE READY.

PTL. B. COX
WHIGHAM P.D

October 2, 2011

Hey grandpa, it's john I've never met you before, but I heard you were a Good man, My dad has been a really good dad so far... I'm 14 now... I'm kinda sad I never met you...
John.

No rank, I'm John
Grandson

May 11, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 6, 2010

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 7, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

April 6, 2008

Grandpa,
Soon it will 28 years since you've passed on. I will never forget your laughs and you would tease us kids with your false teeth. I think of you often. You are missed. I love you with all my heart.
Your loving granddaughter, Barbie

Barbara Norton
Granddaughter

March 25, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 10, 2007

My family and I appreciate the kind words and remembrance given to my father. The dedication of his memory by the Henry County Police Department on 4-14-07 of the 27th anniversary of his death is truly heartwarming and very much appreciated. Thank you, Sgt Ron Patton.

Laverne Clayton
Daughter

April 14, 2007

I am the Sergeant of the North Precinct and we will dedicate this day (04-14-2007) in remembrance of Chief Stokes. We will be riding in your honor as we patrol and serve the public on this day.

Sgt. Ron Patten
Henry County Police Dept

April 14, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I thank you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 6, 2005

Chief Stokes rest in peace, you were a dedicated public servant who always faced every thing head on. I remember when we worked together and I remember the stories that you could tell about your experiences in Vietnam and the situations that you had been through in your life time.

Major Walter R. Landrum
Bainbridge Public Safety Department

February 6, 2005

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

Chief Stokes, you are remembered on this date of your death. You will always be remembered.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

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