Huge crowd turns out to mourn fallen deputy
BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — At least 1,000 people turned out in Bladenboro this afternoon to honor a Bladen County Sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty. Dep. Dewayne Hester died when he lost control of his car and hit a tree on the way to a call late Friday night.
This afternoon, people packed the Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Bladenboro for Hester’s funeral. The crowd included law enforcement officers from across the state and South Carolina.
Inside the funeral, where cameras were not allowed, the church’s Family Life Center was packed to the back. People stood, lining the back and side walls.
During the eulogy, Larry Hayes, Hester’s friend and pastor, described the fallen deputy as “a man of great faith and integrity.”
The service began with a video of pictures of Hester that told his life, from boyhood to adulthood.
The service closed with a video recording of Hester singing two songs. One of them was call “Going Home,” which describes a life coming to an end but continuing in heaven.
After the funeral, a procession accompanied Hester’s body to a burial in Oak Grove Church Cemetery in Bladen County. His body was carried along the last bit of the route on a horse-drawn caisson with a guard of North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers.
Hester, who was three months shy of his 40th birthday, is survived by his wife Tammie and two young daughters, Haley and Hannah.
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