Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Jeffrey Allen Matheny

Craven County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 21, 2000

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Reflections for Deputy Jeffrey Allen Matheny

JESUS is my front sight,
Sovereign in my life.

In slumber, or in battle,
He guides my warrior stride.

JESUS is my front sight,
For Him no man I fear.

JESUS is my front sight,
Twas He who led me here.

Craven County
Deputy Sheriff

May 1, 2004

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.

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 5, 2004

I remember many long boring nights when i worked for the Havelock Police Dept spent talking to Jeff......telling stories from the Marine Corps or funny calls we had been on. Jeff was one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and I will never forget the 2 years we spent working the same area together. Rest in Peace Jeff

PO I Rick DellaPia
Wilmington Police department

March 27, 2004

God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten.


March 25, 2004


there are no words to describe the man the you were. you are loved by many and forgoten by few.everyone that met you will care for you forever. you were only here for a short time and taken to soon for this earth. we know that you are up in heaven do what good marines do. policing heaven for are the best soldier that could be up there. although i wish you could be down here. i will always love you and never forget you.. may your name be on everyone's minds..

your nephew

david m cox

March 22, 2004

We still miss you, my friend. Semper Fi, Al.

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

March 19, 2004

Hey there big brother. I just wanted to let you know how much I miss you, and wish you was here with us still. I think of you every day, and miss you more than you might know. I was just thinking of our younger years together, and how much I miss them. I know you are up there watching over us all, and that comforts me. You was the one person I could always turn to when times got rough. I have met with many of your co-workers there at Craven County, and they are some of the kindest people I have met. I wish I could have met them under different circumstances....but they all loved you. ( almost as much as I do) The day we laid you to rest, there was a moth....that came in the room, and flew by each and every one of us in the family line, I know it was you....or part of you, saying good bye. Keep the streets of Heaven safe, I will meet you there. I love you!

Debbie Cox

March 17, 2004

Hi Jeff, Just wanted you to know that another goal has been acheived in honoring your memory. EVERY ONE of the Co Commissioners voted to approve and support the naming a section of Hwy 17 in your's and your brother Deputy that was killed in the line of duty. His name is Toby Taylor and he was killed in 1963. This a personal goal for Dan and I that our
brothers in uniform and the sacrifice they made NEVER be forgotten! Rest in peace brothers and keep an eye on the ones that wear a badge. Thanks to places like the NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL,this website, and signs along the roadways you will always be remembered. We love you and we miss more than you know (by the way I know you hate the picture but it's the only one I had-ha ha).

Remember the "thin blue line"

Mari Calrk
Craven Co Sheriff Office New Bern NC

March 15, 2004

No one know how much I miss you. I remember you every day, from the day you were born - to the day I had to watch them cover your casket with the flag.
I will always remember you as my little boy, with dark, curly hair, who loved his horse, his dog and home made cookies - (not necessarily in that order). I love you, always have, always will. When they buried you, son, they buried part of my heart with you, and I know that someday- when I see you again, I will have a whole heart once more. I love you son, wait for me.

March 15, 2004

Jeff was a good friend of mine and a wonderful human being who I will always remember. I was in the Marine Corps and stationed at Cherry point where I originally met Jeff, who was also a Marine. After completion of his military service, he retired as a Staff Non Comissioned Officer and began working with the Craven County Sheriff's Dept. At his time of retirement I was working as a Police Officer in Havelock, NC. which is the city just outside of the military air station. Jeff and I worked together oftentimes and I will forever cherish our friendship.

Officer Darryll G. DeCotis
Cary PoliceDept.

I was thinking about all the Officers I had worked with during the past 21 years of my career, and Jeff was one of them.
He stood out amongst the Reserve Officers as a person that could always be counted on when we needed him. He always had a kind word and a smile. As so many of our Reserve Officers do, Jeff moved on when he got out of the Corps to do the work he loved so much back home. I was sad to see him leave for North Carolina and now sad that he is gone from our presence. I miss him. He will not be forgotten.

Sgt. David L. Popsisil
Yuma County Sheriff's Office

I thought of Jeff today. I don't know what brought it up but there he was, in my minds eye, big as life. Jeff used to ride with me when he was a deputy with Yuma SO. I remember him most for his smile, sense of humor and his professional appearance. I really miss him.................

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

I met Jeff while his daughter Christina and his son attended Havelock High School where I was assigned as the school resource officer. Jeff would come to visit me when he worked the zone 5 area to check on his children, and deliver subpeonas. Jeff loved his children and he loved serving the people of Craven Co. I can remember his voice on the radio like it was yesterday, "135, Craven", as he called the communications center. My sincere sympathy is with Jeff's family, friends, and the deputies at the Craven County Sheriff's Office. He will be missed by all who knew him. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Go rest high on that mountain,
Son, your work on earth is done.

Deputy Kevin B. Kelley
Carteret Co. Sheriff's Office

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