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Yellville, Arkansas 72687

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Sheriff Killed in Line of Duty Honored





On Tuesday, May 10th, Sheriff Joan Vickers attended the 35th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the State Capitol in Little Rock. She presented a tribute to William Marion Brown, the first Sheriff of Marion County killed in the line of duty.


Each year the Peace Officers’ Memorial Service pays tribute to officers’ killed in the line of duty in the State of Arkansas. Sheriff Vickers presented the following comments in honor of Sheriff Brown.

“My late husband, Sheriff Roger Vickers of Marion County, had a strong love of the History of Law Enforcement, understanding very well the importance of pride in one's chosen profession. One of the most important tenants of Law Enforcement is to never forget those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.


When Sheriff Vickers learned the Marion County Sheriff’s Department had lost one of their own Officers many years ago it became important to him to see that this officer’s sacrifice be remembered. He had a strong desire to see this officer’s name on the Arkansas State Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial on the State Capitol grounds. Unfortunately, my husband lost his courageous battle with brain cancer before that could be done. However, thanks to his efforts, today that goal has now been accomplished.


In 1848, a wagon train of emigrants from Alabama settled in Marion County near Yellville. Two of those emigrant families, were the Joseph Burleson Sr. family, and the William Marion Brown family. Together, they founded a Methodist Church west of Yellville. It was first known as Shiloah Methodist Church and would later be known as Cedar Grove Methodist Church.

The Cedar Grove Methodist Church still remains a very active congregation today. Both Mr. Burleson and Mr. Brown were leaders at Cedar Grove.

In October of 1854, William Marion Brown was appointed Sheriff of Marion County and served in this position with honor. On April 25, 1856 Sheriff Brown's duties took him to north Marion County to the town of Dubuque (now in Boone County) which was located on the White River, now under the waters of Bull Shoals Lake.




Sheriff Brown went there to arrest a fugitive on a homicide charge. He located the suspect at a residence south of Dubuque. The suspect and his brother were sitting on chairs in the yard of their home with their rifles lying near them. The Sheriff drew his revolver and approached the men informing the suspect he “was under arrest”. The wanted man stood up, turned his back to the Sheriff and picked up his rifle, laying it over his shoulder pointed in the general direction of the Sheriff. The man then fired a round at the Sheriff, who returned fire inflicting a minor wound on the suspect. The brother of the suspect then fired his rifle at Sheriff Brown, mortally wounding him. The two suspects then fled west to the Indian Territory.


Sheriff Brown was returned to his home in the Cedar Grove community and buried in the early George’s Creek cemetery located where George’s Creek enters Crooked Creek.

Time has erased all trace of Dubuque, and the first George’s Creek Cemetery. After today, his loss 160 years ago will be remembered through this memorial.”


In addition, Sheriff has a permanent memorial at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. This memorial was presented and dedicated to him by former Sheriff Carl McBee.


The Guest Speaker for the ceremony was Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin.


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