Family, law enforcement gather to lay Officer Tim Smith to rest

EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Over one thousand people gathered to say their final goodbye to Officer Tim Smith on Thursday.

Smith, of the Eastman Police Department, was killed in the line of duty by 24-year-old Royheem Deeds on Saturday night. He leaves behind a fiance and three children.

“I’m gonna miss his smile, gonna miss his daughter that he carries with him, miss him drinking a lot of Coca-Colas,” Latoya McClinton said after the funeral.

Family, friends and fellow officers remembered Smith for his smile, sense of humor, and love of family. Many people knew him as his nickname, “Turtle.”

“Words can’t explain what kind of personality and character that he has. He was the nicest man that you ever wanna meet,” McClinton said. “When we come in Flash Foods he tells a lot of jokes.”

Law enforcement from across the state saluted Smith for his bravery and service. The Dodge County High School gym filled to capacity 30 minutes prior to the funeral’s beginning. There was an overflow room next door which nearly filled, as well.

“You can rest easy. You have some professionals here, the community, the outpouring of support from the community is wonderful,” Officer Paul Wilson with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice said.

Smith’s casket was pulled by horses to its final resting spot. He was buried next to his daughter.



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