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Sheriff Dies Weeks After Collision With Grandson

Sheriff Dies Weeks After Collision With Grandson

Associated Press

July 05, 2011

GRIFFIN, GA — Spalding County Sheriff Dee Stewart died early Sunday, likely from complications from injuries suffered in a car crash last month, the county coroner said.

Coroner Sonny Foster said Stewart was pronounced dead at 4:09 a.m. Sunday. He was 63. Stewart had been in the hospital since the wreck on June 23 and likely died of “complications that he couldn’t overcome,” Foster said.

Authorities have said the sheriff pulled onto Highway 1941 in Griffin the day the wreck happened. His grandson, Deputy Chad Gasaway, was heading north on the highway in his personal vehicle when they collided. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later determined the sheriff failed to yield while attempting to cross the roadway, WSB-TV reported.

Authorities said Gasaway suffered minor injuries. He has returned to duty after a brief absence to recuperate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Foster said he and Stewart both entered office in 2000, and he was greatly saddened by Stewart’s death.

“It’s like losing a brother,” he said.

Bill Taylor, who owns and runs WKEU, grew up with Stewart and told WSB-TV it broke his heart to take to the airwaves to share the news of his friend’s death.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was the hardest thing they’ve done because it was such a dear friend plus a cornerstone of our community,” Taylor said.

The sheriff had served his community for nearly four decades. He was re-elected to a third four-year term in 2008. Before being elected sheriff, he was a member of the Griffin police force.

“The story is, if you’ve been in Spalding County more than 15 minutes, you’ve got a Dee Stewart story,” friend Dave Phillips said.

Taylor said Stewart always tried to help members of the community.

“Seen him in the courthouse one day and a little girl was crying. He asked her what was wrong and she said her mother and father were getting a divorce and she had lost her dog. And the next day, she had a dog. Dee was that kind of guy,” Taylor said

Foster said funeral arrangements likely wouldn’t be made until later in the week.


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    aussie4

    about 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless these Leo's and their families.

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    milcop

    about 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother prayers to your family and friends

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    dcrump

    about 3 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    Inxorte

    about 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Rest In Peace, Sheriff Stewart. My prayers are for your family, friends, and department as they pass thru this time of grief. Special prayers for you Deputy Gasaway.

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    matts123

    about 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    rest in peace

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    ESederquist

    about 3 years ago

    170 Comments

    Rest in Peace.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    God bless you, your family, department. Rest In Peace ,Brother.

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    WACollector

    about 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    tbailes182

    about 3 years ago

    540 Comments

    Rest in Peace Sheriff. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends, and loved ones.

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    GJordan

    about 3 years ago

    646 Comments

    Rest in peace Sheriff, God bless you, the family and the agency.

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    djs2v

    about 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Sheriff

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    DDemlong

    about 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    RIP Sheriff

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    DMPDCOP

    about 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    RIP Brother, thank you for your service.

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    OlympicJoy

    about 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Rest in peace, sir.

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