UPDATE: Trooper remembered for humor, spirituality

Friends remembered State Trooper Master Sgt. Steve Hood on Monday as a man with a hearty laugh and a deep devotion to God.

Hundreds gathered at Harrisburg Baptist Church for the funeral of Hood, 50, who died Friday in the line of duty. In the throng were Mississippi state troopers, law enforcement officials from across the state, Gov. Haley Barbour and troopers from nearby states such as Arkansas and Alabama.

Rev. David Langerfeld of Harrisburg Baptist Church remembered Hood as a positive influence in his life.

“I always enjoyed being around Steve,” he said, recalling his infectious laughter.
“You could hear him (laughing) from miles away. When he laughed, we laughed,” Langerfield said.

Bond has been set at $1 million for a 25-year-old Baldwyn man charged with felony fleeing and manslaughter following a pursuit that killed Hood.

Bond was set Monday during William A. Francis’ initial appearance in Lee County Justice Court. Francis was returned to the county jail.

Authorities say Hood’s car left the highway Friday and hit a tree near Brice’s Crossroads Military Park. Services for Hood were held Monday in Tupelo.

Authorities say Francis allegedly led authorities on a chase in a car modified for racing after driving westbound on Mississippi Highway 370. Francis was arrested Saturday.

The crash occurred near the border of Lee County and Prentiss County.

Read more about this story in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

Sheena Barnett/NEMS360.com