City loses one of its epic leaders

Published 4:44 pm Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The City of Demopolis paused yesterday to mourn the passing of former Police Chief Charles Avery.

Avery, 67 years young, passed suddenly Monday night. Avery, even in retirement, was highly regarded among the police force and was respected by city leaders past and present.

Avery’s rise through the police department broke many barriers. He was the first full-time black police officer.

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He was also the first black police sergeant in Demopolis.

While he may go into the history books for what he did, he was ingrained in everyone’s memory for who he was.

Avery was well-known for how he treated those who reported to him. Effective leaders look out for their men and Avery did just that.

Avery retired in 1993 after more than 25 years with the Demopolis Police Department.

There is no greater calling than serving your fellow man. Police officers, who lay their life on the line everyday, are among the most noble of callings and Avery’s contributions to this city and its residents will not be forgotten. Even in his passing, Avery’s presence is felt on the beats around Demopolis. He hired nearly every police officer currently on the Demopolis roster.

Our prayers and our appreciation go out to the Avery family.