Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, August 13, 1999

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 13, 2020

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

August 13, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Whitfield.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2020

Marcus was a good deputy but an even better man. He was what most men strive to be. He was a good looking, well mannered Christian man who was a great best partner and friend. He is greatly missed. His time here on earth still has ripple effects in all our lives who knew him. He has made me a better man today than I would of been if I never met him. God loves Marcus and uses him for his glory.

Lovell Pack
Greenville County Sheriffs Office

August 13, 2019

20 years ago on August 12th, 1999 Greenville County Deputy Marcus Lyman Whitfield reported for his last night at work. In the early morning hours of August 13th at 0400 hours he was killed in the line of duty breaking up a fight at Roper Mountain Rd and Woodruff Rd. You are not forgotten Marcus. RIP C17.

Sgt Robert Porter
Pickens County Sheriff's Office

August 12, 2019

I remember Marcus that night before he was taken from us all. It's been 18 years but I still think about him from time to time even though I only knew your son for an hour or two. Enough time to know he was a good man, fun to be around, and pleasant to talk to. That night, it was late passed midnight and I was working as a BMW Security guard. My post was in a little white guard shack at Speedway Packaging & Distribution in Greer, SC. Where we had a disturbance of the peace from within the facility and someone called 911 and that's when I met your son, Marcus Lyman Whitfield. I gathered up witnesses testimony as to what happened and drafted up an incident report to give to Marcus. Afterwards, Marcus hung around and talked to me about Law Enforcement because I was asking him about it due to graduating from EKU in 1997 and getting my BS in Criminal Justice. I remember him telling me he wanted to work for the CIA or FBI someday and the paperwork to apply was long and arduous. I think he mentioned about being a Lawyer too at one point. Then the call came in and he turned and rushed in to his patrol car and sped away. After I got off shift and was driving home to Roper Mtn. Apartments I saw a lot of police cars at Waffle House. My heart sank when I heard it was him. Even though I only knew your son for that hour he had an impact on me. So I showed up at his funeral amongst so many law enforcement. I stood in line by myself for hours to pay my respects and to give you a yellow flower. God bless the Whitfield family and all of Law Enforcement and thank you for keeping us all safe.

John A. Stevenson
Security Guard

May 10, 2017

It's taken me this long to write on here. There are so many words. Then there are none. I appreciate what everyone has written, and I can tell they loved you and your personality so much The words left are such a testimony to the Christian family who raised you well. The world is Not a better place without you. People like you should not die young, and I hate all of those involved in the chain who made this happen. I pray for them all that they may see what they have done, and make it right. I didn't get to say goodbye, Marc. I never got to say goodbye. I had to finish what I was doing and it was so hard at the time. Decisions were made for me that I regret. That hurts so deeply. It never gets better. Time does not heal something of this magnitude. I was in deep depression for many years, left school for months. If things had been different, I wouldn't be here today, and I couldn't have handled that night. I wouldn't have my 2 beautiful children, who are my world. My daughter was born on your birthday, and I named my son after you. I struggle to understand why events happened and how this could happen to you. You would've been the best husband and father and uncle; and it's not fair that you were stripped from those titles by people who very selfishly, and with total disregard, decided whether you would live another day. They took my sense of security from me. I will never be the same person. I read on social media where 'he' is in 'the struggle' and I want to vomit. I want to go talk with him about his struggle and explain mine-and yours. I get brave, then I stop myself because I don't think people like that care what I have to say. I'm just so very sorry to you and your family. I never, ever stopped loving you and always will. I will always be your biggest supporter. You made me laugh, were my better half, and you were such a great model of what a good policeman should be in his community and amongst his colleagues. I remember the nightmare you used to have and how you'd wake in a cold sweat. Your description of it scares me to this day that somehow you knew. But, you loved your job, you loved those you worked and played with. You died doing what you loved. I know you've retired to golf now, and am sure the courses are spectacular.You serve as a guardian angel and protector. You can do so much more good in Heaven than down here on Earth. Thank you for watching over us. Thank you for the great times we had. I don't want to say goodbye. I can't wait to see you again someday. I try to pass messages to you through very special people to me, and hope you get them. My best to your family, that they can find peace and some happiness they deserve. There is no greater loss than the loss of a child or a brother. My heart hurts. God is the Judge of Man so we do not have to be.


January 24, 2015

I just wanted to let you and your family know that my wife and I mailed our No Parole letters in the other week.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

September 10, 2014

Letter went out today my brother of the Badge, God Bless you, your Family, Friends and Department.

Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

August 28, 2014

Sending my letter today. This murderer should spend everyday of his life behind bars. My deepest sympathy.

Tampa, FL

August 21, 2014

I am also sending my "No Parole" letter today. There is no way this criminal should serve anything less than the full sentence, which is not enough to begin with. RIP brother

PO Laurie Robinson

August 20, 2014

Rest in peace brother. My No Parole letter will go out today. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Whitfield who surely are still trying to cope with his death, especially at this time.

Senior Patrolman Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

August 20, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!! My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

August 20, 2014

God is with my fallen brother. "Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9

Master Patrol Officer Allen Hiegert
Independence Police Department

August 20, 2014

I have had you on my mid a lot here lately. I know that you are in a much better place- but you sure are missed down here. I am a better person for knowing you, Marc. It's hard to believe that I am almost 4 yeards older than you were when you were called home. Still thinking of you buddy.

And Melita- I would like to thinl that he would be all grey...but of course he would use "just for men" because he wouldn't want people to think he was "old"

Alex Kay

September 12, 2013

I was with u the night we lost you! I will never forget who you were and how much you meant to me then as a beat partner and friend! I live every day of life to be a better man than I was that night, because of you! I am a man of faith and I know Gods plan is perfect and he makes no mistakes! Because of you Marcus and the tragic loss of you life, I want you to know and your friends and family it was not in vain. I am living testimony that Gods plan was perfect and he uses tragedy to save lost men! I am one of them and I use you as my testimony that God is alive and is a graceful God! Because of you many men and women will see Gods kingdom! I think and miss you everyday and I pray I live up to your standards for your sacrafice... Thank you more than I can ever express!

Lee Pack
Ex Greenville County Deputy

July 15, 2013

I think of Marcus Whitfield every day and pray for his friends, fellow deputies and family. His parents are two of the finest people on earth. They should not have to deal with their son's murderer being out of prison on parole in addition to what they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives because of what he has already taken from them. Please keep Corey Harris in jail for the entire length of his sentence.

Sally Garrett Hackett
Friend of Famil

May 13, 2013

Please do not let this killer go free. People like him don't have any respect for anyone. If he gets out, he'll probably go out and kill or injure someone else. Mr. Whitfield's family has been through enough. they don't need the worry of having this person not serve his full sentence. I vote...NO PAROLE!!!!

Lynn Nichols Henderson
Friend of family

May 10, 2013

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up
and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Billy Russo (Det. Ret.)
Nassau County Police Dept. NY

May 9, 2013

You are not forgotten. My "No Parole" letter is in the mail. RIP....

Former Deputy sheriff
Marion County Sheriff's dept., Indianapolis, IN

May 8, 2013

Your not forgotten. Rest in peace brother.

Detective David Huff
Ball State University Police

May 8, 2013

I often think about you. Miss the neighborhood times and childhood memories. I miss seeing your parents and Marty but I understand. I wanted you to know that I meet Amber and keep in contact . I talk to Chad . You are missed. We love the memories but we loved you more.

Angie Holladay
Childhood friend /neighbor

August 14, 2012

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 13, 2012

Happy 40th Birthday Son! I have tried before to post something about you, but it was always to painful. I have been thinking a lot about you lately. Wondering what you would look like now. If you would have really gray hair like me or just distinguished gray streaks like your Dad. I often wonder about what kind of father you would have become if only God hadn't needed a handsome young Deputy in heaven that hot August night. You have three beautiful nieces to whom I know you would have been the best uncle ever. We miss you so much. They say it gets better but it dosen't! We just learn more ways to cope and God is so good. By the way, what's it like celebrating your Birthday with Jesus everyyear?

We love and miss you Son . . .

Mom & Dad
January 6, 2011

Melita E. Whitfield

January 6, 2012

Alot has been going on over the past week that has made me think of you more and more. It has been almost 12 years- but feels like yesterday that you were taken. You would be proud of the man I have become. I see Marty every once in a while and honestly, my heart breaks for him.

Still Miss You...

Alex Kay, Paramedic

July 20, 2011

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.