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Thomas E . Bebber, Sr., Law Enforcement Center Dedication Ceremony set June 2

Sheriff Thomas “Elisha” Bebber, Sr., was killed in the line of duty on June 2, 1959.

A Dedication Ceremony naming the Thomas E . Bebber, Sr., Alexander County Law Enforcement Center is planned on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the center, located at 91 Commercial Park Avenue in Taylorsville (near CVCC-Alexander, across from Walmart).

Those attending may park at CVCC-Alexander Center or in downtown Taylorsville (shuttle will be provided). Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs for seating.


Reverend Gary Jennings – Invocation

Milton Campbell – Chairman Alexander County Commissioners

Chris Bowman – Alexander County Sheriff

Sarah Kirkman,DA – Prosecutorial District 22A

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx – U.S. Representative for NC 5th District

Donna Bebber – Granddaughter of Sheriff Thomas E. Bebber, Sr.


Honoree Attendants will include:

Joe James – Sheriff’s Deputy accompanying Sheriff Bebber at time of shooting

NC Highway Patrol – Major Bert Eastwood and Lt. Brian Sharpe

Children of Sheriff Bebber – Jack Bebber, Wayne Bebber, and Phil Bebber.

Candles  in Memory of  Deceased  Children –  Sheriff Thomas E. Bebber, Jr, and Faye Bebber Fortner.

This complex will be in the memory and honor of Sheriff Bebber for his ultimate sacrifice June 2, 1959.

More information will be printed in The Taylorsville Times at a later date.

This image shows part of the front page article from the June 4, 1959, issue of The Times, relating the tragic news about the killing of Sheriff Elisha Bebber two days before, with photos of the late Sheriff and his attacker, Willard Ellis.


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