Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff John Arthur "Big John" Williams, Sr.

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, November 23, 2019

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Reflections for Sheriff John Arthur "Big John" Williams, Sr.

Sheriff Williams, for 40 long years, you served willingly and devotedly so that others would be safe. Our loving God will have an abundant reward waiting for you. May He immerse you and those you've left behind in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

December 2, 2019

May the LORD continue to be with Sheriff and the family friends department and community.

Dwayne Carter
Northampton County NC

December 2, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Sheriff John Williams and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Williams lived and died a hero. His lifetime of service both to our nation and his community will always be remembered. The entire nation grieves with you as you mourn your great loss.

Deputy Shannon Volkodav
Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

December 2, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sheriff John Williams Sr. and to the entire Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. Such tremendous sorrow for dedicating your entire life to public service and not having been able to enjoy the fruits of retirement. Thank you Sir for you years of commitment and service to your country and community. God Bless you and your family.

Officer Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

December 2, 2019

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Sheriff John Williams, Sr. Please know we are eternally grateful for Sheriff Williams’ service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Sheriff Williams’, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department for Sheriff Williams’ fellow officers. POINT 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Sheriff Williams’ family.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

December 1, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

November 30, 2019

Rest in peace Brother.

Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

November 30, 2019

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service.


November 29, 2019

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

"Semper Fi"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 29, 2019

To the Family of Sheriff John Williams Sr.

As a Sheriif at this moment I don’t have the ability to express the anger and hurt I feel now and have felt the past few days. As a fellow Sheriif I have lost a brother and I’m at a lost for words. Please know that “Big John” will live in our hearts for ever. I am just angry and hurt because of this senseless act of violence.
Sheriff Garry L McFadden
Meckelnburg County Sheriff Office (NC)

Sheriff Garry L McFadden
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Officer

November 29, 2019

On behalf of the Albany Police Academy Session 4 recruits, we send our condolences to the friends and family of Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Sheriff John Williams Sr.

Recruit Austin
Albany Police Academy

November 29, 2019


The Policeman stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining bright
Just as brightly as his brass
“Step forward now, Policeman,
How shall I deal with you?
Hove you always turned the other cheek?
To my word have you been true?”
The Policeman squared his shoulders and said
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t
Because those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was rough.
Because the world is awfully tough.
But I never took a thing
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got to steep.
And I never passed a call for help.
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me.
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much.
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints often trod
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.
“Step forward now Policeman,
You’ve born your burdens well,
Come walk a beet on heaven’s streets.
You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Author unknown.

Officer Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

November 29, 2019

Rest in Peace Sheriff Williams

Police Officer Ahmed Danso-Faried
City of White Plains Police

November 28, 2019

I am fervently praying for the family and agency of Sheriff John Williams. We extend our love and encouragement to you from the Panama City Police Department. May these words from Revelations 21:4 bless and strengthen you continually. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Lieutenant B. Carstarphen
Panama City Police Department

November 28, 2019

May God’s hand of comfort and peace be on the surviving family and the rest of the Department.

Chaplain Jesse White
Missouri State Highway Patrol

November 28, 2019

The thoughts, hearts and prayers of everyone here at Cape Carteret PD go out to the families, both blood and blue, of Sheriff Williams. May the Good Lord give you strength, comfort and peace.
He swore an oath to serve and protect and he made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of that oath.

Go with God.
Lt. Michael V. Caldwell, Chaplain

November 28, 2019

He didn’t have to take you away but your legacy will forever live on,
You won’t ever be forgotten,
We got it from here,
Because of you we are 45 strong

Officer J.V. Catledge #991
Auburn University Montgomery

November 28, 2019

RIP Sheriff. You are our hero. God place your hands of comfort upon his family. You are the pease keeper.

Sheriff Tom Spangler
Knox County Sheriff’s Office KNOXVILLE Tn

November 27, 2019

Time to come home dear brother
Your tour of duty through
You’ve given as much as anyone
Could be expected to do

Just a few steps further
The smoke will start to clear
Others here will guide you
You have no need of fear

You have not failed your brothers
You clearly gave it all
And through your selfless actions
Others will hear the call

So take your place of honor
Among those who have gone before
And know you will be remembered
For now and evermore
A poem from
Robert Longley

Semper Fi Marine
You will always be my brother
You will be forever my hero

Trooper J BLanco FHP retired
Florida Highway Patrol disabled on duty

November 27, 2019

Rest In Peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

November 27, 2019

Rip sir job well done heaven bound on angel wings prayers for the LCSO and your family we have the watch from here

Corporal John Biggins
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

November 27, 2019

Sheriff Big John was a good man! He will be greatly missed by his law enforcement family! RIP Sheriff

Sheriff Shannon Oliver
Franklin County Alabama Sheriff’s Office

November 27, 2019

RIP Sheriff John Williams Sr.

Thank you for your life of service to our Country!

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
Lawrence County Ohio Sheriff's Office

November 27, 2019

Sheriff Williams was a great friend and he loved to help anybody he could he was always smiling and talked to everyone

Friend Will Heathcote

November 26, 2019

Good friend

Friend Will Heathcote

November 26, 2019

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