Long-time Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove Passes at Age 64


Gary Hargrove, former coroner of Harrison County, has died. For more than 20 years, Gary Hargrove served Harrison County as its elected coroner.

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors released the following statement through the county’s Public Information Officer Jeff Clark, on Saturday afternoon after learning of his death:

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“The Harrison County Board of Supervisors is greatly saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. Hargrove and the loss to his family, friends and the community.

“In the days after Hurricane Katrina, when Harrison County was struggling with the aftermath of one of the most destructive storms in history, Mr. Hargrove will always be remembered for his commitment to ensuring that everyone who lost their lives during the storm was not forgotten.”

Hargrove was the coroner, and responsible for the handling and identification of Hurricane Katrina victims, back in 2005, and worked hundreds of accident and crime scenes during his 24-year tenure as Harrison County Coroner. Hargrove was elected coroner in 1996 and served until last year when he retired.

Hargrove was battling an undisclosed illness, and was 64 years old when he passed on Friday, January 17.


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