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County Constable Johnny Cullins passes away from cancer

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DALLAS – Longtime Rockwall County Constable, law enforcement officer and community resident John Cullins passed away Sunday at Medical City Hospital from causes related to cancer. He was 66.

Elected as County Constable for Precincts 2 and 3 in 2002, “Johnny” was defeated by Tom Egan in the May 29 Republican Primary Election, but was finishing out his elected term until Egan is sworn in in early January.

Funeral services will be held Aug. 2 at 1 pm at First Baptist Church – Rockwall, 610 S. Goliad, with Minister Robert Jackson officiating.  The burial will follow at Heath cemetery.

Visitation will be Aug. 1, 6-8 pm, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 2500 State Hwy. 66 East in Rockwall.

Cullins started his law enforcement career in Garland and received his certification while employed with Plano Police department in 1969. In 1973, he joined the Terrell Police department until he became Chief Deputy for the Rockwall Sheriff’s office in 1977. From 1980-2002, he worked as Deputy Constable, Pct. 3, in Collin County.

John attended Rockwall schools and graduated in 1965.  He played on the 1963 State Championship football team and joined the Marine Corps in 1967.

He was preceded in death by his father, J. W. Cullins, the first police chief and first paid police officer in Heath; as well as by his mother, Edna Shewmake Cullins, plus two brothers, all lifelong residents of Rockwall.

He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Jane, and two daughters, Amy Pearson of Rockwall and Kathy Cullins of Royse City, plus numerous other family members, including Rockwall Chamber of Commerce President Dana Cullins Macalik.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Heath Church of Christ.

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

By J.J. Smith

 

 

 

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