DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office clerk dies due to COVID-19


DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — A clerk with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has died due to COVID-19.

According to a Facebook post, Melissa Wilkerson passed away after working for 32 years with the department.

“Melissa was very loved by her family and her Sheriff’s Office family,” the post read. “Please keep them in your prayers.”

According to, Wilkerson worked as the department’s pistol permit clerk at the time of her death.

Visitation for Melissa Wilkerson will be held Thursday, September 2, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, September 3, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 3 at 1 p.m. at Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel.

“As I try and search for the right thing to say, I can only think of the wonderful memories left behind to hold onto and to keep us pushing ahead in the days, weeks, months and years to come,” said Sheriff Nick Welden in a statement. “We are a true family here; we have grown so close in the last few years and been through so much together as a family. We have experienced too much loss at DCSO, and it’s not easy!  We have to just cry out to God to help get through it because we will never get over it.  We have to put our faith in the Lord’s will and just look forward to the day we are reunited with our sweet Melissa. Please pray for her family and our office that loved her so dear.” 

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Administrative Office remains closed to the public until further notice due to the current rise in cases of COVID-19. Pistol permits will still be available on their website, click here for more information.

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