GRANT, Ala. (WHNT)– Grant’s Police Chief is in his final resting place. Marines gave Roger Hornbuckle full military honors at Valhalla Memorial Gardens. WHNT NEWS 19 attended the chief’s funeral and talked to those close to him.
Hornbuckle served as Grant’s Police’s Chief almost five years. It was a short amount of time to touch everyone, but the right amount of time to make a difference.
Everyone loved Roger. They did. He was helpful to everybody, said Edith McDonald.
The flags in Grant hang low for all to see each of the town’s people on bended knee.
“It’s been a very sad time. I feel the people of this town feel they not only lost a police chief, but lost a close friend,” said Grant Mayor Larry Walker.
Hornbuckle died Sunday at his home. He fought an illness for about a year. Messages of love and admiration are sprinkled all over town.
“In recent months, people have come forth and asked, what can we do to help Roger or what can we do to assist him,” stated Mayor Walker.
Friends in law enforcement, the community and members of the chief’s family celebrated the life of Grant’s top cop inside the gym of a small church.
It was a big deal for McDonald. She was touched by something Hornbuckle did after she lost her husband.
“He said, I would drive down your street at night to check on you since you are living alone. That means a lot to people and it was just the kind of person Roger was,” added McDonald.
Hornbuckle was well-respected among law enforcement ranks all over the state of Alabama. Many of those departments sent officers to pay their respects.
Hornbuckle served two tours in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. He was 64 years old.