Whiteville, NC – Whiteville Police Department (WPD) Detective Ernest Ronald “Ron” Guyton died on May 2 after a brief cancer battle, according to Whiteville’s emergency services director.
Det. Guyton was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago, Whiteville Emergency Services Director Hal Lowder told WWAY.
The WPD announced the longtime detective’s death later Monday afternoon.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of another officer, brother, and friend,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Ron Guyton dedicated his life to his community and his country.”
Lowder, who was also close friends with Det. Guyton, said many people called the detective “Boomerang,” because he kept trying to retire from law enforcement but always ended up coming back to it, WWAY reported.
Det. Guyton first joined the WPD in the 1990s, then later retired and served overseas as a contractor with the military.
The veteran officer “had several tours of duty in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Columbia,” the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
He also spent time working for the Elizabethtown Police Department and for Smithfields Food Company Police, the BCSO said.
Det. Guyton returned to the WPD as a part-time officer about seven years ago and eventually took a full-time position as a detective, Lowder told WWAY.
He recently retired, but came back to the WPD part-time to help out the understaffed department, Lowder added.
Det. Guyton leaves behind his wife, Deborah, as well as his daughter and six grandchildren, according to the BCSO.
He is also survived by his brothers, BCSO Acting Chief Deputy Larry Guyton and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Christopher Sasser, the BCSO said.
“Please keep his family, along with his Whiteville PD family, in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time,” the WPD’s post read. “Rest easy, Ron. We will take it from here.”
Det. Guyton was laid to rest on May 7.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Whiteville Police Department Detective Ernest Ronald “Ron” Guyton, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.