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Chief Deputy Willie Perry

Leake County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Sunday, July 29, 2001

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Reflections for Chief Deputy Willie Perry

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

July 29, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 29, 2020

Rest in peace Chief Deputy Perry.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 24, 2020

Daddy it's almost been 17years since your last watch and there's not a day goes by that I don't think about you and I still hear your voice and that laugh of yours.. Hahaha I miss you so very much Paw Paw I love you daddy..

David Perry youngest son

July 18, 2018

Chief Deputy Perry your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Leake County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

July 29, 2016

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens of and Leake County! Continue to Rest in Peace Chief Deputy Perry. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

July 29, 2015

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL

September 8, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 7, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections. Amazing stories about an anazing man! I am sure you are proud that your family continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 22, 2013

Mr. Willie, I never got a chance to meet you but I was told by my grandfather several years ago that a man's name will go farther than he ever will. Your name has spoken for your years of service to law enforcement. Mr. Perry, we thank you so much for your courage. Rest in peace.

Trey Ross
Leake County S.O.

December 20, 2010

Willie Perry NEVER met a stranger and ALWAYS had a story to tell, he was one of a kind. I will always remember him picking me up through the car window at the gas station telling me I was his favorite, like he told all his nieces! But most of all I will always remember the love he and my Papa shared, as brothers, there will NEVER be another Willie Perry!!!

Melinda Ann (Farley) Verbich

January 27, 2009

Willie had a spirit about himself, one that could inspire and bring hope when there seemed to be none. Even
though I signed in as an ex daughter in law, Willie was always like a father to me. I miss him. I often think of him and his quirky little smile and that finger thing he used to do. Van will remember that I'm sure. He loved his job. I am honored to have gotten at least the five precious years knowing him and loving him always.dorothy p

dorothy boyd
ex- daughter in-law

January 26, 2008

I knew Paw-Paw for many,many years. Every since I was a little boy growing up my dad told me countless stories of Willie. Stories of like how he held back a raging mob of family members with nothing but his .357 in one hand and their drunkened realitive in the other. Paw-Paw didn't have a streak of fear in his blood. I really enjoyed setting by the camp fire at Leake Co.Water Park listening to the stories about the "Good Ole' Days" him and my dad shared. Dad said Willie made him a good deputy,he was always there when you needed him. Mr.Willie was an example of what true law enforcement was all about. He will always be remembered.

God Bless Willie and The Willie Perry Family.

Hero's Get Remembered...But Legends Never Die

Officer. Troy (Dwain) Steed
French Camp Police Department

January 7, 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
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

December 3, 2007

Chief Deputy Perry,
Today marks the sixth anniversary of your EOW. As your family and friends pause to remember you, please know that people across the country are grateful for your dedication to your profession. Thank you, sir. Never forgotten.

Pennsylvania citizen

July 29, 2007

It has been nearly 6 years sense my fathers death and I have been and still am in Law Enforcement. I did not know why my dad loved it so much when I was a kid. Long hours, Not being home when I thot he should be, missing my child hood. Now I know why he loved it so much. I love It as he did and I am trying to do as good a job as he did. I can tell you that I am proud to hold my head up proud and say "I'm a Cop and Proud to be one" Thank all of you for supporting us.

Van Perry
Carthage PD

June 27, 2007

Pap-Paw was a great person who all of the officers looked up to. He was the type of officer that took his work to heart. He could arrest someone and they would thank him for the job he done. I hope that I can be half the officer that Pap-Paw was. He will always be in our hearts.

Keith Chamblee & family
Leake County Sheriff's Office

July 23, 2005

Rest In Peace , Your sacrifice shall not be forgotten. God Bless.

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept.

November 15, 2004

Thank you for the 35 years of service

Florida Deputy

May God Bless the family of Chief Deputy Perry. You will be in my prayers. Your loved one served and protected this country and for that he will always be remembered as a hero. Our country was blessed to have him.

Dana Perot
Fiance' of Deputy Joseph C. Rodgers eow 4 - 9 - 97

To The Family of Willie Perry

On Tuesday, May 14, 2002 Petal Police Department held a Memorial Service for fallen officers. A yellow rose was placed at the foot of the wreath in memory of Willie Perry.

Willie will never be forgotten. You are in our prayers.

Officer Joey Scott and Family
Petal Police Department
Petal, MS

Joey, Veronica and Cheyenne Scott
Petal Police Department

God Bless u all. Be careful out there.

shannon yates

Dear Daddy,

I know you are in heaven now and getting a well deserved rest..It has been a few months since you went home.I wish I could say that I'm happy for you,but I can't lie.Daddy I miss you so much.I miss the way you always were there for me when I needed you and I always knew that if I needed anything all I had to do is call..I know I have you in my heart and soul..The family is well I'm sure you know..Daddy I'm tring so hard to do what you would do but you know how I always voice my opinon, but dad not this time. I guess I understand what you went thru a few years ago..But PaPaw I promise you I'll watch over the family and keep us together some how and some way..I know now why you always said " Them young-uns" I can hear you say that in my heart at times.Cassie and I went and picked out your headstone a couple of weeks ago.You would love it..It says PaPaw all over it..They are going to have it up by your birthday..Dustin will be 2 years old Dec.18th and he is growing like a wild weed..AWW dad I wish you could see him grow up..We have a BIG picture of you in your uniform hanging on the wall and everytime he looks at it he looks at Shannon and I and says " My PaPaw ", it takes every ounce of my strength not to break down.Just the look on his face his big blue eyes and that Perry smile.Well dad I'm going to end this letter and thanks for listening to me papaw.. Dad just bless me with your strength and wisdom and keep me strong..With all my heart and soul I LOVE YOU and I MISS YOU MORE and MORE everyday...
Your baby boy,
David "Bocfus" Perry

David (Bocfus) Perry
baby boy

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of law enforcement during this very difficult time. They tell my family that God never gives us more than we can handle. Bless you.

Janice Starnes wife
of murdered Sgt. Dan R. Starnes
Morgan Co. Sheriff Dept. INDIANA
Killed in the line of duty 7-10-2001


I am the wife of a Leake County Sheriff's Deputy, and Papaw was very dear to me. I will greatly miss him. He gained alot of respect from alot of people, but most of all he respected his fellow lawmen. Leake County and Leake County Sheriff's Department lost a great man and Deputy.

Tracy Williams

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