ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Aberdeen residents are remembering the life and service of police chief Henry Randle following his death on Sunday.
The 50-year-old had been battling cancer.
Black ribbons outside Aberdeen Police Department (left) and City Hall (right). Photo Date: May 17, 2021.
He was in his fourth term as Aberdeen’s police chief, beginning in 2008.
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Born in Aberdeen, Randle also served in the Mississippi Army National Guard and spent time overseas as recently as 2018.
Following his death at the hospital in Tupelo, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies escorted his body to a funeral home in Columbus. View below or select this link to watch.
All flags at government buildings in Aberdeen were lowered to half-staff, and black ribbons will adorn the police department and city hall.
"I did handle the 4-H program back when I first started,” Randall Nevins said. “And Henry Randle was one of the ones I called on because he was such a supporter of youth programs and things."
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley recalled Randle's professionalism.
"I am always going to remember that big smile,” Gurley said. “He always had that smile on his face. He was always professional when I worked with him. I knew him a long time before he was police chief, and I've been a coroner for 25 and a half years."
Carter's Funeral Home in Columbus is handling funeral arrangements. Open this link to view arrangements and obituary.
As for the future of the police department, Mayor Charles Scott said the city will hold a special election to fill the role on a permanent basis.