George County sheriff to be buried Monday

By The Associated Press

LUCEDALE — Funeral services for George County Sheriff Garry Welford, killed this week in a hit-and-run incident, are scheduled for Monday.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Lucedale, according to officials with George County Funeral Home, Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Welford died after being struck by a pickup truck he was trying to stop by throwing down a tire-puncture strip on Wednesday.

Two suspects in Welford’s death — Brandy Nicole Williams, 18, and Christopher Lee Baxter, 24 — were denied bail Thursday after their arrests. Each is charged with capital murder.

The George County Board of Supervisors on Friday named Chief Deputy Tony Keel as acting sheriff. Board members say they will meet next week to name an interim sheriff to serve the remainder of Welford’s term.