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Sam Wilson "Sam Catron Memorial" Catron
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Birth: May 11, 1953
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 2002
Kentucky, USA

Pulaski County Sheriff Samuel Wilson "Sam" Catron, son of Jennie Rachel Morrow Catron and the late Harold L. Catron, was born on May 11th, 1953 in Somerset, Kentucky. He departed this life on Saturday, April 13th, 2002 in Shopville, Kentucky.

Sheriff Sam Catron was killed by a sniper on the way to his Sheriffs Car (No#111) shortly after giving a campaign speech at a fish fry / political rally at the Shopville / Stab volunteer Fire Dept. The sniper (Danny Shelley) fled the scene by motorcyle. The next day information on the motorcyle came back to Jeffery A. Morris, who was a candidate for the sheriffs race against Sam Catron. There were three people charged in connection with the murder of Sam Catron. He served 28 years in the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office and was running for a fifth term as sheriff. Sam was on the TV Show (Americas Most Wanted) several times. On the night he was killed a segment aired of him for the (Anderson Case) where a man shot up a deputy sheriffs car in Bell County, Ky. and was on the run.

He was a board member of the Eagle Scout Troop No#82, a vigil life member and past chief of Kawida Lodge Order of the Area, a member of the Board of Directors of the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad, member of the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad, board member of the Appalachian High Density Drug Traffic Area, Sheriff of the Year 1989, Kentucky Colonel, Ferguson Chief of Police 1982-1985, served as a Pulaski County deputy sheriff for 7 1/2 years before he became Ferguson Chief of Police, member of the Governor's Task Force for Marijuana Eradication, and a member of the National Sheriffs Association from January 1st, 1986 until his death, and was a 1971 graduate of Somerset High School.

Sheriff Catron was survived by his loving mother, Jennie Rachel Morrow Catron; one brother, Lewis (and Carol) Catron of Somerset, Kentucky; two sisters, Mellie R. Catron of Somerset, Kentucky and Nancy (and Dr. George) Hruneni of Arnold, Maryland; two nephews, Shannon (And Glenda) Catron of Somerset, Kentucky and Cameron Catron of Somerset, Kentucky; one niece, Tina (and Pete) Winkler of Olive Branch, Mississippi; an uncle and aunt; one great niece, Jessica Catron of Somerset, Kentucky; and several cousins and a host of friends who mourn his passing.

Sheriff Catron was preceded in death by his farther, Chief Harold Lewis Catron Sr, of the Somerset Police Dept., who was shot on his front porch on Jasper Street by a drive-by shooter in 1957. Harold died on Wednesday, September 16th, 1964 from complications from the shooting when a bullet fragment worked loose and lodged in his heart.

Visitations for Sheriff Sam Catron were held on Wednesday Morning, April 17th, 2002 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 18th from 8:00 a.m. until time for funeral services. (Thousands attended)

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 18th, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Rural Development on South Highway 27 in Somerset, Kentucky with Pulaski County Judge Executive Darrell Beshears, Brother Gerald Ashley, Dr. Mark Toby, and Honorable Congressman Harold Rogers officiating.

The death of Sheriff Sam Catron was known all over the United States. There were police officers from every State at Sam's funeral.

Burial followed at a family plot in the Somerset City Cemetery in Somerset, Kentucky.

A memorial in memory of Sheriff Sam Catron was erected at the location of his death at the Shopville Volunteer Fire Dept. in Stab (Shopville), Kentucky.


Forty-eight years ago, a man and his wife
asked the Lord to bless their life.
Because they asked, it was done.
He gave them a healthy, beautiful son,
called Sam

A public servant,
like his father he became.
But he wanted to be more
than just a sheriff by name,
called Sam

He was a man of few words
but he walked straight and tall.
No matter when or where he was needed,
we all knew who to call,
call Sam

When the task at hand
called for tough decisions to be made
and it required a strong man
with courage that wouldn't fade,
call Sam

He was there for all the people
quite and soft spoken.
And he believed in equality for all
when the law was broken,
call Sam

Yesterday, the angels above
asked God to send one they so loved.
A man who was gentle, meek and mild.
One they had known since he was a child.

In less than a moment
they heard Him say,
"I called Sam,
he's on his way!"

By-Sharon Wooten Stevenson
Note: Cause of death: Sniper Gunfire,
Sam Catron Memorial
Pulaski County
Kentucky, USA
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Record added: Jul 10, 2008
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Sam Wilson Sam Catron Memorial Catron
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In honour.
 Added: Jun. 28, 2014

- dot~
 Added: Apr. 30, 2014
A smile for everyone, a good person and an excellent sheriff. Wish that we could see your like again. RIP
- Leah
 Added: Nov. 30, 2013
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