Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Welton Locklear, 63, died on January 4, 2022 in Lumberton, NC. Welton was working a funeral procession in Robenson County and he suddenly died from a heart attack.
Welton was on duty and was assisting with a funeral escort and suffered a heart attack in the parking lot of the church where the funeral was at. CPR was provided immediately by church members, some of which who were first responders and nurses.
Authorities say Welton was transported to UNC Southeastern hospital where he died.
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Welton began his career with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer in 1994. During his nearly 28 year career, he worked in many capacities and was assigned as a deputy III in the Civil Division.
Sheriff Burnis Wilkins released a statement saying:
“He was a very special person and he was a true professional law enforcement officer, public servant and more importantly, a man of God. He was active in his community and was well respected and will be truly missed by all. He lived his life to the fullest and has touched many people. This is a deep loss for many of us at the Sheriff’s Office as he was a mentor to many of the new deputies and great friends of many others.”