Whitesburg KY

Rites held for deputy

Funeral services were held in Knott County Saturday for a Letcher County sheriff’s deputy who was found dead in his Whitesburg apartment last week.

Logan Dwayne Clemons, 33, died in his home on November 6. Kentucky State Police say no foul play is suspected, and that Clemons died of injuries apparently caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said this week that Clemons, born in Hazard and reared in Knott County, was the first person he hired as a deputy sheriff after Webb was first elected to office nearly five years ago. Webb said Clemons was a specialist in drug-related criminal investigations who had investigative abilities equal to the agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Kentucky State Police Special Investigations Branch with whom he frequently worked.

“In my 35 years of law enforcement he was the best in terms of knowing what was going on,” said Webb, a former captain with the state police.

Clemons, who excelled at carpentry when not working as a police officer, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Masonic Lodge No. 689 of Hindman.

He was the son of Urban Logan Clemons and Brenda Joyce Young Clemons, both of whom survive, and a grandson of the late Urban and Louise Clemons and Truman Haynes and Ayeth McLee Young.

Other survivors include a sister, Bridget Begley of Clearcreek in Knott County; aunts and uncles Sandra (Harold) Prater and Charlene (Lowell) Creech, also all of Clearcreek, and Norma Lass of Chicago. Nephews Tyler Ray Begley and Christopher Logan Begley also survive.

About 50 law-enforcement officers attended the funeral service for Clemons, which was held at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home in Hindman. Special rites included a bagpiper and a military-style formation of officers. Serving as pallbearers were men with whom Clemons worked during his law-enforcement career – Crandall Hurt, Kenny Terry, David Banks, Tim Moore, Scott Taylor, and Justin Gayheart.

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