Forty-eight years ago, a man
and his wife
asked the Lord to bless their life.
Because they asked, it was done.
He gave them a healthy, beautiful son,
A public servant,
like his father he became.
But he wanted to be more
than just a sheriff by name,
He was a man of few words
but he walked straight and tall.
No matter when or where he was needed,
we all knew who to call,
When the task at hand
called for tough decisions to be made
and it required a strong man
with courage that wouldn't fade,
He was there for all the people
quite and soft spoken.
And he believed in equality for all
when the law was broken,
Yesterday, the angels above
asked God to send one they so loved.
A man who was gentle, meek and mild.
One they had known since he was a child.
In less than a moment
they heard Him say,
"I called Sam,
he's on his way!"
-Sharon Wooten Stevenson
On April 13,
2002, Sheriff Sam Catron was slain by a cowardly assassin
who hid in the woods and, with a single shot, took the life
of this great man. That shot was the loudest shot ever heard
in Pulaski County and with it, came sorrow far beyond words.
Sam's life was snuffed out because he stood for what was
right and just. He served his community with pride and
treated each one equally. There were no "big I's and
little you's" when Sam was around. His smile and
laughter brought joy to all of us.
Even in his passing, Sam has again contributed to our community
by bringing us closer together and giving us the opportunity
to express our love to the citizens of our county and to law
We acknowledge that God's grace and love is so very real and
that He alone can bring peace and comfort to our hearts and
minds. Not that we would ever forget Sam or his
contributions to our lives - but that we can find peace and
understanding in the love of God.
Yes, we will miss him - but with the prayer and support of
our neighbors, we can, and must, carry on. Sam would expect
no less of us.
On behalf of the Catron family and the Pulaski County
Sheriff's Department, Thanks! We are forever grateful.