Services held for former Pearl River County Sheriff

Published 5:54 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Services were held for former Pearl River County Sheriff Ulmer Lorance Lumpkin of McNeill on Sunday at the New Palestine Cemetery. Lumpkin was 58 years old.

The Rev. Jimmy Albritton officiated the service, and was assisted by the Rev. Jeff Easterling.

In a phone interview on Tuesday, Albritton shared his memory of Lumpkin.

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“He was married to my niece, so technically he was my nephew,” Albritton said. “He was also a very close friend.”

Albritton remembered Lumpkin as a good police officer who was good at his job.

“He was a good law enforcement officer. He had some problems later in life, but he was an excellent law officer. He did a good job as the chief of Picayune Police, and as the sheriff of this county,” Albritton said. “He was a policeman first, and everything else second.”

Lumpkin served as Picayune chief of police from 1983 until 1985. He served as Pearl River County Sheriff from 1985 until 1992. He was also a member of Central Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Yamileth, his mother, Audrey Mae, four children, and three grandchildren.