Dooly County remembers longtime Sheriff Van Peavy

PINEHURST, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Family, friends, and law enforcement agencies from across the state paid their respects to Dooly County Sheriff Van Peavy.

Peavy died Tuesday of surgery complications. 2015 marked his 30th year as Sheriff of Dooly County.

Deputies left their lights on during the service in memory of Sheriff Peavy.

“Mr. Van was a wonderful man and had an impact on his county and a lot of the surrounding counties as well,” said family friend Beth English.

Many people shared personal stories of Sheriff Peavy’s commitment to serve. They remembered his unwavering dedication to the people of Dooly County.

Dooly County Commission Chairman Terrell Hudson knew Peavy for more than 25 years.

“You feel so fortunate to have known somebody of Van’s caliber,” said Chairman Hudson.

Hudson adds Peavy made many improvements to the community since he was first elected to office in 1985.

“We have expanded law enforcement in Dooly County. We have a jail that was built here in Van’s tenure as Sheriff,” Hudson explained.

Dooly County Probate Judge Rooney Bowen will appoint the interim sheriff this week. Hudson says Peavy left a very professional group of men and women to call on.

According to Peavy’s funeral program, he is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

Categories: Dooly County, Local News

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