Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, August 13, 1999

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Mr Whitfield was a great person who believed everyone deserved a second chance. I know because he gave my brother and I a second chance. Thats how we came to meet each other. Every week there after we could expect to see Mr Whitfield. He would stop by to see how we were doing and just to say hello sometimes in uniform and sometimes not. He just had a great value of trying to change the youth before it was to late. I can say he was a sucess with my brother and I. Mr Whitfield is loved and missed by Christopher M greer and Randall S Greer. P.S. May God have mercy on the men responsible for taking such a great man from this earth at the prime of his life. Love and miss you will see you the day I am called home. Until then continue to rest in peace my friend. Sincerely Chris Greer

Chris Greer
A friend

March 22, 2011

thinking of you as always had a wonderful conversation about you today you will never be forgotten.
love you always.


January 3, 2011

hello again brother. I just want you to know that even though there are some snags along the way, I still watch over those dearest to you. To some of us you are still alive in so many ways.


August 15, 2010

Marc was a genuine guy, he was "the real deal" and you never had to wonder if he was just trying to be nice, because he actually was. He was a good friend and is missed.

Randy Greene
Childhood friend

August 14, 2010

What a friend Mark was. Im sure he knows now what an impact he had on my life and so many others that he was surrounded by.I miss him every day,and thank God I was blessed to know him.The most important thing is I will be able to walk beside him again one day!

Shannon Ducker
Easley Fire Dept. / Friend

August 13, 2010

Have been missing you more than usual lately miss our talks you were always such a help and inspiration to me, my strength when I was weak where would I be wish I could thank you in person maybe one day.

Lots of love Always


June 24, 2010

don't worry old friend. I'm always there in the backdrop watching for you. I remember our last conversation hours just hours before you passed. I just hope I can be half the man and protector you are. When I see you again, we'll finish that last conversation. Thing is, I think you already have the answer. Love you brother.

childhood friend/police officer

March 28, 2010

I think of you everyday that passes some more than others, I miss you!

Love You always!!


March 20, 2010

Its hard to believe thats its been 10 years. There isnt a day that goes by that i dont think about you. You was the first friend i had when i moved to Easley. I fondly rememeber backing over your parents mailbox, what an embarassment. Those are one of the many memories i will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you for being a true friend


August 24, 2009

Hard to believe you have been gone 10 years breaks my heart to think about it, miss you so so much!

your always in my heart


August 11, 2009

I miss you so much you have been on my mind alot latley its your birthday.

Love you always!


January 6, 2009

Its Been A Long Time Since That Tragic Night On Roper Mountain Road, I Still Remember The Details As If It Happened Yesterday. Not A Single Day Passes That I Dont Wonder Why You Were Killed And The Rest Of Us Survived. Rest In Peace Brother, I Know You Are With God


September 21, 2008



September 8, 2008

Marc's like continues to touch all those who knew him. His character, dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

We keep his family in our prayers.



September 5, 2008

Hey Partner. Your still fondly remembered. I remember when we both started on Adam on the same month. We worked the same beat area's in Southern Command, backed each other up often, and had fun doing it! You were a great Cop. How I got labeled a "head-hunter" and you didn't was beyond me. Sorry it took this long to leave a reflection, your death hit me hard, your wake & funeral even harder (it was the last one I ever attended) I also remember signing off-duty that early morning 15 minutes before "the call" went out. Of course I got the phone call later that morning:(

Marcus was a natural at many things. He was naturally good at bowling, and always kicked my butt at it. He was a natural at shooting, boy that use to aggrevate me. I was still quicker than you though! He also had the "dry" sense of humor that always made me laugh.

Still praying for your family around this time of year. I'm sure they miss you. - Keeping the Faith...Ross

R.D Brackett
Fmr. Deputy - GCSO

August 15, 2008

Just a reminder that Deputy Whitfield has not been forgotten. I'm remembering to pray for his family on this tough day.

Dorchester County

August 13, 2008

I was with the United States Attorney General last night as he gave an address at the Law Enforcement Memorial candlelight service. It reminded be of the sacrifice you made. Seeing the faces of so many survivors reminded me of the pain of your lose. You are not forgotten.

FBI Attorney General's Protection Detail

May 14, 2008

Marc was a baby sitter for me and my brother when we were younger. He always made us smile and laugh, and my parents still talk about his courteous, yet jovial nature. Marc will always be remembered for his heroism in the face of cowardice. You left us too soon, but I believe your life story has inspired many to reflect and take an account of how we live. Thanks for the good times, Marc.

Robert Hall
Childhood friend

December 12, 2007

Many years ago, I gave up trying to understand why people do the things that Cory Harris did.

What I will never give up is honoring the memories of those such as Deputy Whitfield.

Thank You for having served Greenville County, which is home to many I know.

Maj M. B. Parlor

August 13, 2007

Deputy Whitfield you are not forgotten Thank you for your willingness to serve your fellowman. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

August 13, 2007




August 9, 2007

"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
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.

July 9, 2007

My 3 1/2 year old Grandson is named Marcus. His
Grandfather and his Dad's best friend are cops in
Bellingham, WA. Marcus enjoys writing citations and
declares that he's "a policeman, too!" It is such a
noble, but dangerous profession. Marcus, you have a
darling smile and it's easy to see you loved what you did and made a positive impact. It's too bad there is an
evil presence in our society that makes your job necessary, but thanks for having the guts to wear that
uniform. May God mend the broken pieces, He has all
the time in the world.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

June 5, 2007

As a Reserve Deputy with the Greeville County Sheriff's Office I rode with Marcus many times and he made me feel like his equally.
My last memory of Marcus was the previous Saturday when I was working with another Deputy and we were out on a vehicle stop and called for a back up - who showed u-yes Marcus.
His funeral, which I had the honor to attend. was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

Donald F McInally
Former Reserve Deputy Greenville County Sheriffs Office

May 16, 2007

It is hard to believe that eight years have passed since the night Marc's life was taken from him. I will never forget the sacrifice he made or how he took charge of the scene that night. Marcus was truly a good person who cared for others.


May 2, 2007

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