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Former coroner dies

Former Jefferson Davis County Coroner Greg Blackwell. 53, was found dead Sunday night after a Prentiss police officer made a welfare check at his residence.

According to the JDC Coroner Jimmy Slater, an autopsy report will be issued pending the completion of toxicology and histology procedures. No trauma or foul play was indicated. Provisional pathologic diagnosis is that the death resulted from natural causes.

Greg Blackwell

Greg Blackwell

Blackwell was elected coroner in November 1999 and took office January 2000. He remained coroner for the county until 2012 when he was defeated by current coroner Jimmy Slater.

He served as deputy coroner a number of years prior to being elected coroner.

During his tenure, Blackwell was the only coroner in the state to hold a certification as a senior crime scene analyst.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 28, at Memory Chapel in Laurel. Visitation will begin at 8:30.