Sheriff Tyson

Sheriff Tyson
Sheriff Ralph Tyson working on paperwork behind a desk. Dates from negative sleeve.
April 03, 1965 - April 07, 1965
Original Format
2cm x 3cm
Local Identifier
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Timothy Copeland Mar 01 2012

This photo was taken shortly after the death of Sheriff Duke Andrews, shortly after Ralph Tyson was sworn in as Pitt County Sheriff. Sheriff Andrews had died of natural causes during a stakeout at Red's TV in Farmville. Pitt County Coronor Withers Harvey served as interim sheriff until then Deputy Sheriff Ralph Tyson had been appointed as county sheriff. At age 32, Ralph Tyson was one of North Carolina's youngest sheriffs. He served as our county sheriff until his retirement in December, 1990 -- 25 years as sheriff and 32 years total with the sheriff's office.

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