Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrol Deputy Thomas Edward Felton, Jr.

Sussex County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 29, 1989

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Reflections for Patrol Deputy Thomas Edward Felton, Jr.

I never had the chance to meet you Tom but I knew you well thru Sharon. She missed you so. Yesterday she got to see you again. I know she is now pain free and safe with you in heaven. Her family and friends will miss her terribly but we know we will see her again.

Tammie Elliott-Gehle

November 10, 2019

Tom you were a very dear friend of mine growing up.I think about you often. I never became a deputy like you,but I am a partially disabled vet of the USAF and the US Army. I hope you’re proud of me like I am of you. I love you and miss your voice brother.

Mr. Lester R King,Jr
Good Friend

April 2, 2019

Hard to believe yet another year has passed, making it 25 years since we have had the opportunity to spend time with you. You are missed...RIP.


April 30, 2014

I know you were the angel with Percy today. RIP Deputy Felton.

Trooper CA Turner
Virginia State Police

March 18, 2014

24 years since you left. You have lived in Heaven longer than you lived on Earth; so hard to believe. Rest in peace cousin...


May 5, 2013

Just thinking of you and your sacrifice today. Please send strength to Sharon and the rest of your family and friends as they remember you today (and always). Sharon has been such a rock to me. You would be so proud of her for all she does for survivors. I am so very grateful for her. Keep watching over us from above and tell Allen I said hello. RIP, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Laura Gibson-Szerokman, Surviving Spouse
of Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

April 29, 2013

Rest In Peace Deputy Felton, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

April 29, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. 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.

I pray for aolace for all that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 29, 2012

God bless you sir.

Virginia State Police

August 18, 2011

His memories will forever be in my heart. I lost a friend that day Being the first officer on the scene and also responding to same call he was call out for, it is a day I will never forget. Another officer and I was on the scene of the breakin, when a lot of static came across the radio, I told the officer that sounded like a train, next call was clear, it reported a car had been hit by a train, at this time not knowing it was one of our own. As his FTO when he came to Sussex we share a lot of time together.

Arlen Harvell Woodley
FTO/Retired Sussex Sheriff's Dept.

May 9, 2011

Missing you today, my love. 22 yrs - it is hard to believe. I live everyday to honor you and your memory. Forever and a day.


April 29, 2011

Another year has passed and we still miss you just the same. Rest in peace cousin...
'Til we meet again...


May 1, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 29, 2010

Tom -
Today was hard. I heard that a young 22yr old officer had been killed in a car accident in Southampton County. It brought back so many memories of the day you died. I have moved on and am happy again, but I will never forget, never stop loving you, and will never stop feeling the pain.
Forever and a Day --
Sharon (your loving wife)


August 30, 2009

It has been a little over 20 years now cousin. We still miss you and think about you often. I am thankful for the years that we had you. Until we meet again...


May 10, 2009

Deputy Felton your work on this Earth as we know it is now done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 28, 2008

I can't believe it has been 19 years since you were taken from us. I remember the "kid days"...who would have ever thought we would have lost you this way. You are missed cousin. Rest in peace.


April 29, 2008



April 29, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 8, 2008

Rest in peace cousin, you will never be forgotten.


March 9, 2008



March 9, 2008

What a terrible tragedy - to know that nothing was done to warn citizens of the malfuntioning arms is unforgivable.

Officer Felton, thank you for your service.

Michelle - wife of retired LEO

July 24, 2006

Rest in peace my brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD NJ

October 18, 2004

Tom, I instruct a course on officer safety involving railroads. Your memory is honored by each officer in every class I teach. God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

February 22, 2004

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