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Veteran officer Larry Fears dies

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Major Larry Fears
SoVaNow.com / April 14, 2013
Major Larry W. Fears died Friday afternoon at Halifax Regional Hospital of natural causes. He was a 35-year veteran of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and served under six sheriffs including Jim Miller, Woody Bane, Eugene Shortt, Jeff Oakes, Stanley Noblin and current Sheriff Fred Clark.

He began working at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office in 1979. Prior to his employment at the Sheriff’s Office, he was a police officer for the Halifax Police Department.

Sheriff Clark, contacted over the weekend, commented, “Major Fears was a very humble man and everyone had the utmost respect for him. He never met a stranger and was loved by many. I cannot describe how much we will miss him at the Sheriff’s Office.”

Clark added, “When I started working at the Sheriff’s Office in 1987, Larry Fears was one of the mentors who taught me the values of being a Deputy Sheriff. He always stressed that law enforcement officers must act and uphold the role of community servants. He was a man of great integrity.

“He could always make you laugh and his laugh would fill the room but was always very professional.

“He was such a great asset to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Halifax County. May God bless his family. Rest in peace, 1802.”

He is survived by a a son, a granddaughter and a grandson and three brothers.

A funeral for Major Fears will be Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Winns Creek Baptist Church where he was a member.

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