Friends of former Minden police and fire chief T.C. Bloxom Jr. remembered him Tuesday as a Godly man who believed the Lord had called him to be a lawman.
During Bloxom's funeral service at First Baptist Church, former pastor Wayne Dubose said Bloxom, "like Jesus, went about doing good."
"T.C. knew the importance of good works," Dubose said.
For Bloxom, good works and lawman's work went hand in hand, said other friends who spoke during the service.
The Rev. Billy Joe Hawkins said his life was turned around by Bloxom's compassion and belief in Hawkins.
"I didn't like him," Hawkins said of the former chief. "I got into trouble because I drank and I loved to fight. Other people would pass right by me, but T.C. was one of those good Samaritans."
Hawkins said that while he still had to serve time, Bloxom visited him in jail and introduced him to Christ. It was a turning point in his life.
Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin, retired Judge Graydon Kitchens and Minden businessman James Madden had different stories of how Bloxom touched their lives.
Marvin talked about the way Bloxom did his job as a sheriff's investigator when following the clues to a crime meant legwork, rather than computer work.
"He solved the murder of a gas station attendant who was shot in the head by tracing a button that was left at the scene," Marvin said. "He made phone calls until he found someone who knew where that button came from."
Kitchens said when he became assistant district attorney, he learned a lot from Bloxom, investigator at the sheriff's department, especially concerning the perils of a card game scam called "Three-Card Monte."
"T.C. arrested the perpetrators who took $9,000 from a man," Kitchens said. "He put them in jail, and he realized I'd never heard of Three-Card Monte. He invited me to go with him up to the jail and had the three guys give us a demonstration of how it works."
When Bloxom asked how they chose their victims, the men told him they could not choose a man unless he had a little larceny in his heart.
"One time, T.C. was describing a well-known local thief, and he said something I've never forgotten," Kitchens said. "He said, 'A man is not a thief because he steals. He steals because he's a thief.'"
Madden talked of Bloxom's legacy and described him as "a hard act to follow."
"A legacy is something you leave behind," Madden said. "T.C. left us a lot. He did so much for so many. He gave his entire being and his entire life in public service, largely to the people of Minden but certainly to his fellow man.
"He did many tasks that many of us today are incapable of doing," he continued. "He walked into burning buildings to safe a life. T.C. was there to right wrongs, to give counsel and yes, he was wise. He was a man who spent a lifetime serving."
As Dubose spoke of the many aspects of Bloxom's life within the church and community, he said he had no doubt Bloxom was greeted in heaven by his Father saying, "Well, done, good and faithful servant."