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Hero Down: Copiah County Deputy Percy Calhoun Succumbs To Cancer

Jackson, MS – Copiah County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy Percy Calhoun died on Wednesday after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

Deputy Calhoun, 48, was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, liver, and stomach just weeks before his death, WLBT reported.

He passed away at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center on March 10, according to his obituary.

The community rallied around Deputy Calhoun and his family in the wake of his diagnosis, holding fundraisers and setting up a blood drive, according to the CCSO’s Facebook page.

“Percy has served this county with pride and now it’s our opportunity to show him some support,” the department said at the time.

In addition to his years of service with the CCSO, Deputy Calhoun also spent time working for the Wesson Police Department, according to his obituary.

Deputy Calhoun’s patrol vehicle was parked outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday to honor his memory, the department said in a Facebook post.

“Please continue to remember his family,” another post read.

Deputy Calhoun leaves behind his wife, Tricia, as well as his son, Steven, his daughters, Morgan, Tanna, and Brittaney, and his stepsons, Dylan and Brent, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, Jimmy, Terry, Kirk, Jerome, David, Sue, and Geana, and his granddaughter, Aurora.

“Percy loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors riding his tractor,” the memorial tribute noted. “He also loved his family, law enforcement, firefighting and fire trucks.”

A fundraising page established to help Deputy Calhoun’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $650 so far.

Deputy Calhoun will be laid to rest on Saturday, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Copiah County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Percy Calhoun, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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