In Memoriam

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The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association wishes to express its sympathy to the family and friends of the following law enforcement officers who passed away this past year. These men and women were dedicated officers and served the people of their respective communities well. They will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.


Lieutenant Ed Worrell, age 28, of the Texarkana, Arkansas, Department of Public Safety, was killed at Texarkana on February 3, 1977, while answering an alarm at a Texarkana business. Lt. Worrell and Officers Paul Howell and James Clark responded to the alarm and during the minutes that followed. Lieutenant Worrell was killed and Officer Clark was wounded. Officer Howell escaped without injury.

Lieutenant Worrell was employed by the police department on October 1, 1970.

Lieutenant Worrell was one of the most liked officers in Arkansas and as Captain Jimmy Cowart, Commander of the Texarkana Police Department’s Public Safety Division said, “His men would have followed him anywhere.” Willis B. Smith Jr., Director of-the State of Arkansas Department of Public Safety, who was formerly Texarkana City Attorney, and who knew Lt. Worrell, introduced a resolution in the Arkansas House of Representatives saluting him for his bravery and devotion to duty. Hundreds of his fellow officers from over the state attended his funeral to pay their last respects for a man who served his department, fellow officers and his community in the best traditions of law enforcement. The City of Texarkana, the Department of Public Safety, his fellow officers and his family have lost a brave and dedicated public servant.


Earl E. Ladd, aged 87, of Danville, a Yell County official for 36 years, died May 13th.

Mr. Ladd retired in 1956 as county sheriff, an office he had held for 14 years.

Before being elected sheriff, he had served as county judge, treasurer and assessor. Mr. Ladd was never defeated in a county election.

He had taught in public schools in Yell County before entering politics and was a businessman and rancher.

He was a lifelong resident of Yell County, a Mason and a member of Danville United Methodist Church.


Linda Louise Edwards was employed at the Garland County Sheriff’s Department March of 1976, where her duties were clay radio operator. Linda was good at her job as she was even tempered and had tons of patience with the many difficult calls and demands of her that the job brought. Linda helped the Criminal Investigation Division with several investigations. Linda did her work well until she met with her untimely death August 22, 1976.


Marvin ‘Richie, age 49, Magazine City Marshal, was shot to death on June 29, 1977 by two men he had gone to assist with’ car trouble. Mr. Richie was in his third year as Marshal.

Mr. Richie, a 12-year veteran of the United States Navy, was a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He was a member of the Arkansas Valley Peace Officers Association and the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Richie is survived by his wife Catherine and two daughters, Virginia and Patty.                                      .

The citizens of Magazine and Logan County have lost a friend, a dedicated public servant and a well-respected law enforcement officer. His acts of kindness and assistance to his fellow men were traits that made Marshal Richie the outstanding person that he was.


Abe Pipkin, a Beebe City Policeman for the past 5 years, was shot to death at Beebe on April 5, 1977. Officer Pipkin was on night duty in the downtown area when he was killed. Officers theorized that he surprised burglars in the act of robbing a local drug store. We extend our sincere sympathy and. prayers to this dedicated Servant of the people.


Hubert (Bill) Payne, Chief of Police of Dermott, was shot and killed on August 29, 1977, while making an arrest on a minor charge by a man he had arrested several times in the past.

Chief Payne retired after 20 years in the United States Army, most of which time was spent in the Military Police. He became a policeman at Dermott in January of 1969 and was made Chief in March of 1970.

Chief Payne was a popular, able and efficient officer and was well respected in the community. We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of this loyal and dedicated officer.


Arkansas State Trooper Herman J. Minden, aged 38, of Clarksville died December 7. He had been stationed with Troop J of the Arkansas State Police at Clarksville for five years and previously had served at Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

Minden had been a trooper for the past 12-1/2 years. He was a native of Charleston, a graduate of Charleston High School and a Roman Catholic.


State Police Sgt. Kelly Ray Pigue, 38, a desk sergeant with the Highway Patrol Division at Forrest City, was killed on December 8th when Pigue’s car collided with a tractor-trailer truck at the junction of U.S. Highway 64 and state Highway 193 seven miles west of Wynne.

The tractor crossed into the east-bound lane and collided with Pigue’s vehicle, the State Police said.

Sgt. Pigue joined the State Police on Nov. 1, 1966. He was promoted to Sergeant on Dec. 28, 1976.

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