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By Chris Edwards
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CROCKETT – Longtime public servant Robert “Doug” King died last week. King’s death was announced on July 1.

King served in many capacities in law enforcement, with both the Crockett Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a deputy until his death.

Houston County Sheriff Randy Hargrove said that King was a dedicated public servant and that it “was an honor and a privilege to know him.”

“He will be missed by his family and friends. Houston County Courthouse won’t be the same without him. Doug was a dedicated officer, an awesome person and a true friend,” Hargrove said. “Please keep his family in your prayers in the days and weeks to come.”

In his early career, King served with the Texas Department of Public Safety, in the Houston area. He joined CPD in 1987, where he retired in 2013, before going to work for HCSO. He worked as the bailiff in the courthouse, and served with the Crockett Fire Department, as the city’s Fire Marshal, and also as a volunteer firefighter.

Crockett Chief of Police Clayton Smith said that his department was saddened to receive news of King’s passing.

“Sergeant King served with honor and dignity and was a friend to anyone he met. He always had a smile on his face. His wife and children will be in our prayers. Rest easy

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