December 9, 2023

Jones County remembering Sheriff Danny Heath

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TRENTON, N.C. (WITN) – Jones County is remembering Sheriff Danny Heath who died instantly on Monday.

This early morning a sheriff’s van is parked on the garden of the courthouse in Trenton with bouquets and a large black wreath on its entrance. A flag at the sheriff’s business office is flying at half-staff.

A flag outside the Jones County Sheriff's Office flies at half-staff Tuesday.
A flag outdoors the Jones County Sheriff’s Office environment flies at 50 %-employees Tuesday.(WITN)

Jones County Resident, Ruth Willaford says she was stunned when she listened to of Heath’s passing. “I assumed it was awful for this kind of a man or woman that we have in Jones County.”

County leaders are also astonished. “Shocked truly, is the operative phrase. I can not convey my regret for the family,” stated Jones County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman, Charlie Dunn.

The 52-yr-previous Heath had served as sheriff due to the fact very first becoming elected in 2010. He is a graduate of Carteret Technological Faculty and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served in the Gulf War in 1991.

Jones County District Attorney, Ernie Lee remembered what form of man or woman Heath was indicating, “I could depend on him to be there keen to function challenging and I’m just actually likely to overlook his counsel, his assistance and his function ethic,” he explained.

A information release mentioned Heath died peacefully even though at his dwelling with his spouse and two young children. It did not go into any details about the situations of his demise and asked for privacy as the sheriff’s family and the sheriff’s business grieves.

“We may perhaps not locate specifically a different Sheriff Heath, but I’m hoping we can locate a little something close, but once again, it is heading to be some tricky, some massive sneakers to fill,” Lee claimed.

The county explained Chief Deputy Matt Wineman will be acting sheriff for the time remaining right until the November 2022 election.

County officers say they are finalizing specifics for a memorial services and question the neighborhood to observe their fb website page for additional facts.


Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram was amid individuals expressing condolences more than the death of the 52-year-previous sheriff.

Lenoir County despatched out a information launch stating, “Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram would like to express his condolences to the spouse and children of Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath, the committed workforce of the Jones County Sheriff’s Business and the inhabitants of Jones County for the decline of their beloved Sheriff. Sheriff Heath was a dedicated servant to the citizens of Jones County for lots of decades. His appreciate for Jones County confirmed via each and every day he was doing the job. We are saddened by his reduction and will be praying for his relatives and staff.”

Jones County Commissioner Charlie Dunn Jr. says, “He will be tremendously skipped by several of the citizens in the county, primarily the nearby government officials. We all labored intently collectively. Anyone is stunned.”

Jones Co. mourning death of Sheriff Danny Heath
Jones Co. mourning demise of Sheriff Danny Heath(Jones County Fb)

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes wrote on Facebook, “I will miss my fantastic pal and fellow Sheriff Danny Heath. Thank you sir for your direction and generally there to support out in any way. You will be missed my good friend.”

Sheriff Chip Hughes remembering fellow Sheriff Danny Heath
Sheriff Chip Hughes remembering fellow Sheriff Danny Heath(Craven Co. Sheriff)

Pitt County Sheriff Paula Dance is also expressing her condolences stating, “Our ideas and prayers are with his loved ones, blood and blue, in this complicated time.”

Pitt County Sheriff Paula Dance remembers Sheriff Heath
Pitt County Sheriff Paula Dance remembers Sheriff Heath(Pitt County Sheriff)

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck claims, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath. Our prayers and condolences are prolonged to his family members, mates, colleagues, and the entire neighborhood of Jones County through this tricky time.”

Carteret County Sheriff remembers Sheriff Heath
Carteret County Sheriff remembers Sheriff Heath(Carteret County Sheriff)

Congressman Greg Murphy also supplied his condolences saying, “Today our neighborhood mourns the passing of a incredible community leader and buddy. Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath will be dearly missed. We are praying for his family and loved kinds tonight.”

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