Marion County is mourning the loss of one of its community leaders. Former Marion County Sheriff Roger Edmonson died Wednesday at Creekside Health and Rehab in Yellville at the age of 80.
Edmonson was a lifelong resident of north central Arkansas. He graduated from Bergman High School in 1955.
Edmonson served as the Marion County Sheriff from 1981 to 1996. Carl McBee was another former sheriff of Marion County who got his start in law enforcement after Edmonson hired him part time. McBee says he learned a lot from Edmonson's guidance.
McBee was Edmonson's successor in the sheriff's office from 1997 to 2008. He says it was easier to step into the role of Marion County Sheriff because of the example set by his predecessor.
Edmonson served in several other leadership roles. He was a former Marion County Judge, he served eight years as a Justice of the Peace on the Marion County Quorum Court, and he was also a member of the Yellville City Council. McBee says in addition to strong leadership, Edmonson was also someone who gave back to his community.
Roger Edmonson's funeral service was held Friday at Roller-Burns Funeral Home in Yellville, and he was buried at Patton Cemetery near Pyatt.
Edmonson is survived locally by his wife Patsy and his son, Allen Dale Martin of Yellville.
Memorials may be made to the Patton Cemetery Association.
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