Jerry D. Heflin, 74, of Marble Falls, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2013. 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, Jerry served three years in the United States Army and received training in California and was later deployed to Korea where he served as a pilot for all types of water craft.
Jerry spent over 25 years as a law enforcement officer in El Paso, Nolan and Eastland Counties, 17 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 Jerry 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.
Jerry 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; and sisters, Sandra Maxwell and Karen Sue Rasco, both of Marble Falls. He is also survived by 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.
Memorial service will be Tuesday, January 22, 2013 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.