CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The family of Montgomery County Sheriff Norman Lewis notified the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office that at 3:39 p.m., Sunday October 14, their beloved husband and father had gone on to be with our heavenly father.
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Funeral arrangements are being handled by Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, click here to see arrangements. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your thoughts and prayers on behalf of the family during this difficult time.
Ted Denny, Public Information Officer with the Sheriff’s Office talked about the passing of Sheriff Lewis. “It’s a somber atmosphere at the Sheriff’s Office right now. It’s tough, he was more than a sheriff to this office and to this community. He was a man of faith, character and integrity and there’s just a void left now. We know his fight with leukemia has ended,” Denny said.
Sheriff Lewis’ battle with illness began in October of 2010 when he said he was feeling weak and decided to pay a visit to the doctor. Tests showed that Lewis had myelodysplastic syndrome. The syndrome, also known as MDS, is a medical condition that hinders production of blood cells and is a disorder of stem cells in bone marrow.
It was hoped that medical treatment would hold off the possibility of the syndrome leading to leukemia, but medicine and the treatment Lewis received was unsuccessful. Lewis then received chemotherapy treatments which weakened him further and led to other health issues.
In May of this year the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release in which Lewis praised his command staff and their subordinates for keeping the Sheriff’s Office running as smoothly as ever. “I feel the public has the right to know what I’ve been going through, and that I am fighting and seeking out this treatment to hopefully cure the disease so I can serve the public as best I can,” Lewis said.
On October 3, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced changes and promotions at the Sheriff’s Office which were approved by Lewis. Chief Deputy Edgar Patterson retired from the Sheriff’s Office and Lieutenant John Smith assumed the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff.
Two assistant Chief Deputy positions were also created and filled by Captain William Bowers and Captain Doug Tackett. Bowers took over as Assistant Chief Deputy for Enforcement and Courts and Tackett is now Assistant Chief Deputy for Detention.
Other promotions in the Sheriff’s Office included Lieutenant Wayne Reynolds and Lieutenant Jessee Reynolds to the rank of Captain and Sergeant Shellie Teemer to the rank of Lieutenant.
Chief Deputy John Smith will take over as head of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office until the Montgomery County Commission appoints a new person to fill the unexpired term of Lewis. Lewis was elected Sheriff in 1998 and was reelected to the office in August of 2010 and the post of Sheriff will appear on the August 2014 ballot.
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