Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator Sherry Elizabeth Lyons-Williams

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, April 4, 2001

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Reflections for Investigator Sherry Elizabeth Lyons-Williams

GOD SPEED TO SHERRY'S FAMILY. AFTER HEARING HER HUSBAND SPEAK ON TV ABOUT HER DEATH I BELIEVE HE KNEW SHE WAS WHERE SHE WANTED TO BE. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO COMFORT HER FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FOLLOW OFFICERS. BY GIVING HER LIFE SHE HAS SAVED OTHERS. SHE DESERVES THE UPMOST TRIBUTE.

SGT. R. MAPES/RETIRED
COBB CO SO

We greive the lost of our sister and deeply by her absence, knowing that her spirit remains here is our comfort zone.

Beverly J. Ross and Deba Whitaker, Direc
Georgia Federation of Democratic Women

she gave her life to serve and protect others.I'm deeply sorry for everyones pain.Investigator Lyons-Williams had to be one of the bravest females in her line of duty;courages as well as beautiful I can only imagine her grace and warm smile everyone says she had.I thank God for a warm and caring spirit.
a concern citizen

Anonymous

MY WIFE AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUT OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO THE LYONS-WILLIAMS FAMILY. AS A MARINE AND FUTURE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, AGAIN I SAY "MAY GOD BLESS YOU"...



ELLIOTT AND MARTHA JONES

MACON, GA.

STAFF SERGEANT E. J. JONES
U.S. MARINE CORPS

My husband is a police officer.My heart skips a beat everytime i hear a officer was killed in the line of duty.Sherri i don't know you,but i feel like i have to say thankyou so much,you are a inspiration to me and my husband.God bless you and your family.

Tammie Triplett

On behalf of all the Officers of the Cobb County Police Department I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Detective Sherry Lyons-Williams. To all the Officers of the Atlanta Police Department and in particular the members of the Narcotics Division, each of you will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Your Department has been so helpful to us in our times of need.


God Bless each of you.

Lieutenant Kevin J. Flynn
Cobb County Police Department -Precinct III

My heart goes out to the family of the fallen officer. Atlanta is a better city because of her heroic efforts.

Anonymous

I want to express my sympathy to the family of Officer Williams. I didn't know her but I went to school with her sister (Ruby) at Pike County High School. My heart goes out to the family. Remember that God can and will heal all wounds. (Shirley Hines Hood)

Anonymous

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE FAMILY...AND ESPECIALLY TO THE
MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE.GOD BLESS ONE AND ALL ..KEEP THE
FAITH AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.YOU HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT.
SINCERELY.........

BETTIE WILLIS

To the family of Investigator Sherry Lyons-Williams. It saddens my heart to hear of yet another officer that has fallen. I didn't know her but I can truly say that, "yes she was special". It takes a special person to use their life as a shield for someone that they don't even know. As a police officer myself, I know the dangers that we all must face at one time or another and that is why our shield comes from a much higher source and is one that will always be there when we need him. This soldier has now joined the angels of a much more powerful army and will keep constant watch over us. My prayers are with you always....

Ofc. Monika Singleton
Mobile Police Department

To the famliy and friends i am so sorry about yourlove one.I know how
it feels to loose someone,i was a good friend to sheriff elect Derin Brown, He was a person you can go and talk to about your probloms. I"v lost a love one to Voilence,
to the family i know you are
griving just be strong and carry on
and keep God, first in your life.Let Ms.Williams get her rest with the lord she is ok she"s Just sleeping with the lord.
Mr.William Angels are wacth you and your famliy don"t worry just be happy. I"ll be praying for you and your famliy.God bless all Jesus loves you.






Brian Ware

My sympathy and condolences to the Atlanta Police Department, and the family of Inv. Lyons-Williams on the loss of another soldier for peace.

Lt. S.I. Drake
Indianapolis Police Department

My prayers go out to the Lyons and Williams family. It is always hard to deal with the death of a loved one, just remember that Investigator Lyons-Williams gave her life so that ours could be alittle better.

Officer T. Hawkins
Union City,GA

To the Williams family and the husband of Sherry Lyons-Williams I send my condolences to you and to let you know I will have you in my prayers everyday so that God may watch over you and your famlily, Please do not grieve for she is in a better place watching below to make sure all of you are okay.I have been watching the news everyday to keep up with the story and was sadden to hear about your loss and all of the Police Officer's death who have been killed in the line of duty. I hope our community can come together one day and stop all of the violence with each other and appreciate the people who are trying to protect us and keep us safe on the streets of Atlanta. May God Bless your family and keep you safe.

Lydia Dezmal
None

THE JORDAN FAMILY OF DECATUR, GA. WILL LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR SORROW FOR YOUR LOST OF A LOVE ONE. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND THE ENTIRE WILLIAMS FAMILY ON SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS.

FIREFIGHTER F.J. JORDAN
ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT

MADE THE LORD BE WITH YOU ALL IN YOUR TIME OF DEEP LOST. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THIS IN THE MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN SISTER, INVESTIGATOR SHERRY LYONS-WILLIAM:



The Police Officers 23rd Psalm...The lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, His comforting hand reduces fear to naught, He makes me walk through streets of crime, but He gives me courage and peace of mind. He leads by still waters in the path I trod, and He says in Romans I'm a "Minister of God". He leads in righteousness as He restores my soul, for His name's sake, He keeps me whole. When I walk through death's valley, right up to the door, I will fear no evil, for He comforts me more. For thou art with me every step of the way, as thy rod and staff protect me each day. He prepares a table, especially for me, as I walk daily among life's enemies. He gives me authority to uphold the law, and He anoints my postion in the midst of it all. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, each day of my life through eternity. As I long to hear Him say, Well done...", When I lay down my life, my badge, and my gun............... Author Unknown

SGT. JACKIE TAYLOR-ROBERTS
LOUISVILLE DIVISION OF POLICE

SHE WAS A VERY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN I HURT DEEPLY THAT DOING HER JOB OF KEEPING OUR STREETS SAFE HAD TO END HER LIFE WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE LIKE HER THAT CARE ENOUGH TO RISK THEIR LIFES TO KEEP OUR KIDS AND OUR LIVES SAFE TO HER FAMILY I AND MY KIDS REALLY APPRECIATE HER AND THE OTHER POLICE FOR CARING ENOUGH TO KEEP US SAFE AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING I JUST HATE SHE HAD TO DIE FOR US I AM A MOTHER OF THREE AND I REALLY DO THANK THE OFFICERS FOR KEEPING AND DOING A GREAT JOB IN MAKING OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE WHEN I HEARD AND SEEN THIS ON THE NEWS I CRIED AND STILL CRY WHEN I HEAR THAT SHE DID THIS FOR US.SHE WAS A BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL HAPPY GO LUCKY WOMAN SHE IS WHAT I CALL A HERO SHE DIED FOR US SHE HAD A LONG LIFE AHEAD OF HER AND THESE DRUG DEALERS WHO ARE KILLING OUR KIDS HAD TO END IT BECAUSE HE DIDNT CARE WHO GOT HURT ONE QUESTION I HAVE IS WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE TO HURT PEOPLE DRUGS AND GUNS AND VIOLENCE DOES NOT MIX ME AND MY FAMILY PRAY EVERY DAY THAT GUNS AND DRUGS VIOLENCE WOULD JUST DISAPPEARMAY GOD BLESS HER FAMILY AND KEEP THEM SAFE AND REMEMBER SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL WHO IS LOOKING DOWN AND KEEPING US SAFE AT THE GOLDEN GATES MRS SHERRY YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO IN OUR BOOK THANKS FOR ALL YOU AND YOUR TEAM DO LOVE ALWAYS RAMEY FAMILY

DONNA RAMEY

Although I never knew Investigator Lyons-Williams, I know why she went to work every day. I am certain, from reading all of these reflections, that she left a mark in this world and that she will pave the way for the rest of us in the next. We at the International Association of Women Police salute Investigator Sherry Lyons-Williams for her dedication to a job that few are called upon to do. To her family, friends and co-workers, we send our heartfelt sympathy. We know your pain and hope that this serves as some sort of comfort to you.


"Step forward now, Police Officer, you've carried your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets--you've done your time in hell." Godspeed Sherry.

Officer Donna C. Hillier
Purdue University Calumet Police Department, IN

Instructions - by Arnold Crompton



When I have moved beyond you in the adventure of life

gather in some pleasant place

and there remember me

with spoken words, old and new.



Let a tear fall if you will,

but let a smile come quickly

for I have loved the laughter of life.



Do not linger too long with your solemnities


go eat and drink and talk

and when you can--

follow a woodland trail

climb a high mountain

sleep beneath the stars,

swim in a cold river,

chew the thoughts of some book which challenges your soul,

use your hands some bright day, to make a thing of beauty

or lift someone's heavy load



Though you mention not my name,

though no thought of me crosses your mind,

I shall be with you,

for these have been realities of life to me.



And when you face some crisis with anguish

when you walk alone with courage,

when you choose your paths of right,

when you give yourself in love,

I shall be very close to you.



I have followed the valleys,

I have climbed the heights of life.



Sherry Lyons Williams, may God sustain your family and give them strength, because they miss you as do we all.

The Sifford Family

I am not a police officer. But, being a woman I surely can imagine how much guts it takes to be a female officer. Not to mention a narcotics officer. This incident has really made me sad to know that the only goal was to get a drug dealer off the street. To the Williams family, Sherry is truely in a better place. Be strong and look above for strength. May God Bless each and everyone of you.

Dianne Babb
Stone Mountain, GA

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sherry Lyons Williams. You truly went above and beyond the call of duty. My heart will always bleed blue.

A Former Atlanta Police Officer

We have lost a dedicated officer and soldier. She will be deeply missed.

SSG Yasmin del Sarnol
US Army

Investigator Lyons-Williams was one of the best narcotic officer I ever had the pleasure of working with. Prior to joining DEA, I was an investigator with the City of Atlanta's Gang Unit. Investigator Lyons-Williams was everything you would want in a Police Officer, a Investigator, a partner, and a friend. The news of Investigator Lyons-Williams death came with great pain for me. I now pray that GOD ease the pain of her family, and welcome Investigator Lyons-Williams spirit into his/her kingdom.

Special Agent Terrence O. Brown
D.E.A

Even though I did not have the opportunity to meet Sherry, I feel as if I have known her my entire life.



My heart goes out to her husband, her family, APD and all of her friends that had the opportunity to know and love her. I want to share this with those left behind please forgive me for the length.



TO MY DEAREST FAMILY, SOME THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY,



But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with GOD above. Here, there's no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I am out of sight. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.



That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, GOD picked me up and hugged me and He said "I welcome you. It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone. I need you here badly, you're part of my plan. There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."



GOD gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight, GOD and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.



When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.



I wish that I could tell you all that GOD had planned. If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over, I'm closer to you now, that I ever was before.



There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb. But together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too, that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain then you can say to GOD at night, "My day was not in vain."



And now I am contented that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile. So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick him up as on your way you go.



When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind, I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it's time for you to go from that body to be free, remember you're not going, you're coming here to me.

THE MCLAUGHLIN FAMILY
Riverdale, GA

to my sister in blue,



I know you were a TRUE WARRIOR! Your FAMILY in blue will miss you!



My prayers are with your family!

Trina Richardson
Orlando Police Dept.

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