Hundreds Attend Greene County Deputy's Funeral

Mourners filled a Greene County church Tuesday to pay their final respects to a deputy sheriff who died in the line of duty.

Family, friends and fellow lawmen filed into the Original Free Will Baptist Church in Ormandsville Tuesday afternoon for the funeral of Deputy Jon Willis.

Afterward, with saluting lawmen lining the road, a horse drawn funeral caisson removed Deputy Willis' body.

Willis was gunned down last week after responding to a domestic violence call. An autopsy said the gunman, 22-year-old Daniel Myers, then committed suicide.

To leave your condolences to Deputy Willis' family and co-workers click on this link.

Willis leaved behind two children.


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People spent much of Monday preparing for the funeral.

Melissa Lopergolo says she and her florists are working around the clock at the Little Shop of Flowers in Snow Hill. "This is unprecedented here. This is unusual and new for everybody. People are heartbroken."

Flags on Greene Street remain at half-staff while black and blue ribbons hanging in honor of deputy Willis on every store front door--including the sheriff's office.

Trimming the grass and washing the windows are just a couple of finishing touches church members are putting on the Original Free Will Baptist Church in Ormandsville--the site where services will be held.

Visitation is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and the service itself is supposed to begin at 2:00 p.m.


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An autopsy says a deputy sheriff killed Wednesday night died of multiple gunshot wounds while his alleged killer committed suicide.

The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office tells WITN News that Deputy Jon Willis' death is listed as a homicide. Authorities say Willis was gunned down after responding to a domestic call at the Brooke Meadow Mobile Home Park.

An autopsy performed on Daniel Myers showed the 22-year-old man died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Willis' funeral will be at the Original Free Will Baptist Church in Ormandsville on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., also at the church.

To leave your condolences to Deputy Willis' family and co-workers click on this link.

As is common practice in law enforcement involved shootings, the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the deaths.

On Thursday night people came together to show their support for Willis during a candlelight vigil.

Flags remained at half staff at the courthouse and Sheriff Lemme Smith says funeral arrangements for the fallen deputy have not been made yet.


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Just over 24 hours after a Greene County Deputy lost his life in the line of duty, a community came together to remember his sacrifice. People met at the Greene County Courthouse Thursday night to hold a candlelight vigil for slain Deputy Jon Willis.

A chorus of "Amazing Grace" followed Willis's daughter's remarks as people came together on the front lawn of the Greene County Courthouse to light a candle in memory of 31-year-old Greene County Deputy Jon Willis.

While most of the vigil had a somber tone, the pastor made an attempt to celebrate the life of Willis by sharing memorable stories. It was a little over a day ago when authorities say the deputy was shot by 22-year-old Daniel Myers while responding to a domestic dispute call in the Brooke Meadow Mobile Home Park Wednesday Night.

On Thursday night people came together to show their support for a family mourning the loss of a father, a husband, and a community protector.

Flags remained at half staff at the courthouse. Sheriff Lemme Smith says funeral arrangements have not been made yet.


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Flags at the Greene County Courthouse are at half-staff as the community pays tribute to fallen deputy Jon Willis.

The 31-year-old Willis was gunned down Wednesday night after responding to a domestic call at the Brooke Meadow Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Lemmie Smith says the man at the house appeared drunk, shot the deputy twice, and then shot and killed himself.

The gunman has been identified as Daniel Myers. Smith says they got a call around 7:30 p.m. from Myers' mother saying her son had been drinking too much and he was arguing with people inside. Deputy Willis arrived at the home around 7:40 p.m. and minutes later another deputy also dispatched to the call made the discovery.

"He was a good deputy, he did his job very well," Smith told WITN. "He was a quiet man until he got to know you, and then he loosened up and then started talking to you. It's very hard, we're all family here."

Willis started with Greene County in December 2001. In late 2007 he went to Winterville police, but then returned to Greene County last year. Smith says the deputty has a daughter, who is 11 or 12 years old along with a little boy who is 3 or 4 years old.

The 22-year-old Myers has a criminal record. The Department of Correction says Myers was on 30 months probation on charges of felony assault inflicting serious injury, communicating threats and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

DOC spokeswoman Pam Walker says Myers appears to have been following the conditions of his probation, though he was behind on paying some of his fines. She said Myers was scheduled to finish his probation in September 2011.


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Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith tells WITN one of his deputies has been shot and killed.

The sheriff identifies the deputy as Jon Willis, who has two children.

Sheriff Smith says Willis was responding to a domestic disturbance call at 89 Brooke Place in the Brooke Meadow Mobile Home Park when the person at the house appeared drunk, shot the deputy twice, and then shot and killed himself.

The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Daniel Myers of 89 Brooke Place, according to Sheriff Smith.

The Department of Correction says Myers was on 30 months probation on charges of resisting arrest, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.

DOC spokeswoman Pam Walker says Myers appears to have been following the conditions of his probation, though he was behind on paying some of his fines. She said Myers was scheduled to finish his probation in September 2011.

The SBI spent several hours at the scene and started packing up at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Brooke Meadow Mobile Home Park is off Highway 13 near the border with Wayne County.

Bryan Mercer lives near where the shooting happened. He also says he knows the man authorities say shot and killed Willis. He says he was surprised to hear what happened.

Willis is the third Eastern Carolina deputy to lose his life in the line of duty in the past fifteen months.

Lenoir County deputy Allen Pearson was shot in killed in April of 2009. Martin County deputy Charlie Brown was shot and killed in December of 2009.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for updates on this developing story.


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  • by Michael Location: Alamance County on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:35 AM
    His service was greatly appreciated! His sacrifice will not be forgotten! The family is in our prayers!
  • by TOOTSIE Location: KINSTON on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    THIS HAS BEEN A SAD TIME FOR GREENE COUNTY. WHAT'S EVEN SADDER IS THE NEWS MEDIA STANDING OUTSIDE THE THE CRIME SCENE WHILE THE "LITTLE" GANG MEMEBERS ARE IN THE BACK GROUND DOING THEIR GANG SIGNS AND CARRING ON. THE 22 YO WAS A THUG. THE DOMESTIC CRIME, HE THREATEN TO COMMIT SUICIDE & WAS GOING TO TAKE DOWN WHOEVER CAME. PLEASE...IF THE NEWS MEDIA IS GOING TO TELL A STORY...TELL IT RIGHT. DEPUTY WILLS NEVER HAD A CHANCE. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. PRAYERS FOR HIS FAMILY. MEYERS WILL ROT IN HELL!!
  • by Carol Location: ECU on Aug 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    God bless you, Hope and family. You are in our prayers.
  • by Matthew on Aug 3, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    I attended the funeral today... 10-42 GC220. So tragic.
  • by Tonya Location: ENC on Aug 3, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    GC220......10-42 RIP Hero
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    Amazing grace-How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind, but now I see 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed My chains are gone-I've been set free My God, my Savior has ransomed me And like a flood His mercy reigns Unending love, Amazing grace The Lord has promised good to me His word my hope secures He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures God Bless Jon Willis, he stayed here long enough to get his wings........
  • by Brenda Location: Farmville on Aug 3, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    God speed Deputy Willis, God speed.
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Aug 3, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    Rest In Peace Deputy Jon Willis, Your Job Is Done.
  • by Patrol Sergeant Location: Lenoir County on Aug 3, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    Rest well my brother in blue. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and those honoring you today.
  • by Denise Location: Ocean Isle on Aug 3, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    My husband will be one of the police officers attending the service today representing Brunswick County. My prayers are with the family thru this terrible ordeal...
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