Jerry D. Heflin April 29, 1938 ~ Jan. 17, 2013
January 11, 2013, 9:01 am by Staff Reports
He was born April 29, 1938 in Girard, Texas to parents who were both of Native American ancestry. His father, W.T. Heflin was of Tonkawa ancestry and his mother, Lola Mae (Waldon) Heflin was Cherokee and Irish.
As a young man Heflin served three years in the United States Army and received training in California. He was later deployed to Korea where he served as a pilot for all types of watercraft.
Heflin spent over 25 years as a law enforcement officer in El Paso, Nolan and Eastland counties, seventeen of those years as Chief Deputy and Sheriff of Ward County. He was the only law enforcement officer in history to be Chief Deputy Sheriff of three counties in Texas.
For many years Heflin had been researching his heritage and started writing stories and poems about Native Americans. He also had been making reproductions of dream catchers, mandellas, and medicine wheels. Several years ago he began making Native American flutes out of cedar, walnut and cherry woods, and teaching the ancient history of the flute to school children and other groups.
He is survived by his wife Jody Heflin of Marble Falls; daughter Valerie Dee Heflin of Austin; grandson Jerry Dell Heflin of Monahans; granddaughter Jordon Renee Heflin of Cedar Park; great-grandson Michael Vernon Heflin of Blanco; sisters Sandra Maxwell and Karen Sue Rasco
both of Marble Falls; and many other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Vernon Dell Heflin in 1997, and sister Ann Clark in 2008.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at Clements-Wilcox Chapel with Bro. Max Copeland officiating.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls.
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