JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance was laid to rest on Saturday, August 14. He passed away at his Jackson home last week due to complications from the coronavirus.

It was an emotional day for the people of Jackson, Hinds County and the state of Mississippi as they said their final farewells to the long-time law enforcement officer. The funeral service was held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Sheriff Vance began his career in law enforcement after graduating from the JPD Training Academy in 1987. He worked his way through the ranks until officially being appointed chief by former Jackson mayor Tony Yarber.

After retiring from his position as chief of police in 2017, Vance was elected as sheriff of Hinds County in 2019 and served until his death on August 3, 2021.

The late sheriff dedicated 30 years of his life to law enforcement. People at the funeral said they will always remember for his leadership, genuine personality and his passion for the City of Jackson.

Vance’s son, Lee Dan Vance III said it’s now the family’s duty to continue his legacy.

“Not only did he protect us and guide us through life, but he always and forever protected the city, and the state of Mississippi, Hinds County and that’s what he did. So I got my brothers up here Marco, my son, Vance all of us. We know what we have to do. No if, ands, or buts about it. We have to lead like he led us and I know one thing my name is Lee Dan Vance III and his name is Tristen Lee Vance so that name will forever live,” said Lee Dan Vance III.

During a tribute of respect to the late sheriff Mayor Chokwe Lumumba stated he doesn’t know if there is a more befitting honor than to name the Jackson Police Department after Sheriff Lee Vance.

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann also attended the funeral to pay their respects to the family along with other city and county leaders.