- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office says former Sheriff Vol Dooley Jr. has died after a long illness. He was 87 years old.

A news release says Dooley died Monday evening in Bossier City. He was sheriff from 1976 until 1988.

“Sheriff Dooley committed his life to law enforcement,” said Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Dooley joined the sheriff’s office in 1954, after four years as a state trooper. He was chief deputy to Sheriff Willie Waggonner. After Waggonner’s death in 1976, Dooley was named to complete his term. He won a special election later that year and held the post for 12 years.

After losing a re-election bid to Larry Deen, Dooley became security director for the Caddo/Bossier Port Commission.

Dooley is survived by his wife, daughter and four of his five sons.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, where Dooley’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. He will be buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton.

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