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Van Buren County Sheriff Beasley Passes Away

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Tenn. – Van Buren County's sheriff, Grayson Beasley, passed away early Wednesday morning. He was 60 years old.

County officials said Beasley passed away around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in his sleep.

Beasley was overall a healthy man, but noticed his blood pressure had increased a bit over the last few days.

Tuesday night, he worked out, went home, and then complained to his wife, Cynthia, about having chest pains.

She took Sheriff Beasley to medics who later transported him to White County Medical Center in Sparta, where he was pronounced dead.

He was elected as Sheriff in 2010.

If Van Buren County is Mayberry, then Sheriff Grayson Beasley would definitely be Andy. Just one look in his office and you would find it's an idea he fully embraced.

"He loved to work out. He loved health," said Cynthia Beasley. "He was (always) trying to get everyone to eat healthy."

That's why the Sheriff's death came as such a shock.

"Right now we're just trying to gather around one another, trying to support one another," said Chief Deputy Jeff Vandagriff.

In their conversations the same stories continued to come up.

"Whenever I first started up here he told me, ‘What I want to do,' he said, ‘ is I want to rehabilitate people," Vandagriff said.

"He talked about his past and, you know, getting into some trouble growing up and that there are second chances. That you can turn your life around," Cynthia Beasley said. "He was my life."

A life many thought was far from over.

"We were planning on going on vacation. We were talking about we needed to get away," she said.

Sadly though, life sometimes has different plans.

"He was a very good man. He was a decent man, very loving and kind."

Sheriff Beasley is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

County commissioners now have to advertise the position and hire a new sheriff who can either complete the remaining year-and-a-half term – or they can have an election within the next six months.

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