- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - Concordia Parish Police Juror Randy Temple has died after recently being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Vidalia Alderman Jon Betts said he was headed to Baton Rouge on Sunday to see Temple when he learned of his death. Betts tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1UVLOoc ) that Temple died Sunday at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Temple was 60 years old.

“He’s like a brother to me,” Betts said of Temple. “We did a lot of things outside of work together. It was more than just a work relationship. We had a personal relationship. It’s a big loss for us.”

Temple served on the police jury from 1983 to 1986 and began his current term in 2000. Betts said he was very conscientious about his post and was a true public servant.

“He was a man of integrity,” Betts said. “If he gave his word to you, you could count on it. That’s a lost art these days, being able to give your word, or accept someone’s word, and know that he’s going to keep it.”



Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said Temple was well known and well loved.

“Everyone thought so much of him,” he said. “He’d just been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and in less than a week, he was gone. This is a big loss, a big loss.”

Ferrington said jurors will meet at the end of the month to appoint someone to represent Temple’s district.

Temple is survived by his wife, Debbie, and three children.

A funeral wake is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Young Funeral Home in Vidalia. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Vidalia.

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Information from: Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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