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First Heath Police Chief J.W. Cullins passes away at age 95

By J.J. Smith. The first City of Heath police chief and first paid peace officer to work in Heath passed away Dec. 14 at the Rockwall Nursing Center.

John Wilburn “J.W.” Cullins, 95, worked in law enforcement for the majority of his life, as well as farming, ranching and raising cattle.

His funeral will be Dec. 18 at 2 pm at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall. Interment will follow in the Heath Cemetery.

Raised in Heath, after beginning his law enforcement career as a prison farm guard near Houston in the early 1930s, he returned to work for the Rockwall Police Department and became the first paid officer in Heath. After becoming Police Chief, he worked for 15 years until retiring in 1986.

Local author and retired municipal judge, Barbara V. Montgomery, once described Cullins as “the essence of justice” and as a “peace officer that did not police, but rather kept the peace with a mixture of good judgment and common sense.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heath Church of Christ or to Boles Children’s Home in Quinlan.

For more info, see his obituary at Rest Haven Funeral Home.

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