Update: Deputy who died of heart attack identified

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy died earlier today after apparently suffering a heart attack while on duty.

Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge identified the victim as Sgt. C.L. “Lee” Taylor, who joined the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in 2000. He was 53 years old. Taylor was found unresponsive sitting in his patrol car located in the parking lot of the Health and Human Services Building parking lot on South Caroline Street shortly after 10 a.m. Monday in Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Sgt. C.L. "Lee" Taylor, 53, died Monday while working his beat with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Sgt. C.L. “Lee” Taylor, 53, died Monday while working his beat with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

“Please keep his family, and his sheriff’s office family, in everyone’s thoughts and prayers during this time,” Gulledge said.

Prior to joining the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor worked for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Taylor also was a volunteer firefighter with Hoffman Fire and Rescue Squad.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 26 at Marston Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Ritter and Rev. Mitchell Roller officiating. Burial will in the Blue Family Cemetery on Teal Street in Hoffman with full honors from Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham and other times at the home of his parents, 128 Teal St., Hoffman.

Memorials may be made to Hoffman Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 122 Marston, NC 283463 or Marston Baptist Church, 2361 N. US Hwy. #1, Marston, NC 28363.

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  • Rita Faye Goodwin

    Prayers

  • Gina Lee

    God be with his family….

  • Joe Deberry

    Such a sad day and a terrible loss .

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