Described as a loving and caring man, Kemp held the constable seat for 12 years.
“We are really going to miss him,” said Tishomingo County Sheriff Glenn Whitlock. “Jeff touched so many lives with his kindness and generosity.”
Whitlock’s assistance deputy is Mike Kemp, who is Jeff’s brother.
“Anytime we lose a officer its tough, but because of Mike and the closeness the entire department had with Jeff, this is going to be our toughest loss ever,” added Whitlock.
Transcare Ambulance Service EMT and IT Director Scotty Bradley has many fond memories of his old boss.
“Jeff was very passionate and cared deeply about people – even those he just meet,” said Bradley. “He would take Christmas presents to people who couldn’t afford presents for their kids. He had a huge heart.”
Kemp served as a paramedic director for Transcare in Tishomingo for more than 17 years.
“A few years ago, we would heading to Nashville for a conference and we passed a stranded motorist,” added Bradley. “Jeff stopped to help – he never met a stranger.”
Brooke Sugg, manager at The Dinner Bell in Corinth, will never forget Jeff’s smile.
“Every time I saw him he always had the biggest smile on his face,” said Sugg. “No matter what kind of day I was having, his smile always cheered me up. Everyone at the restaurant is going to miss him.”
Funeral services were held Monday at Golden Central Baptist Church in Belmont.