Remembering retired deputy René Ramos

Ramos is being remembered for his service to community.

René Ramos, a retired sheriff’s office deputy, passed away last Tuesday.

Ramos, 71, of Rainsville, died at Gadsden Regional Medical Center Jan. 12, 2020.

Before his death, Ramos served with the DCSO for more than 15 years in several positions, including patrol deputy, SRO, investigations and chief jailor.

A statement on the sheriff’s office Facebook page said the staff will continue to honor Ramos as the hero he was “and for the service he left behind as a teacher, as a mentor and someone who unselfishly served his community.”

Sheriff Nick Welden said Ramos was an outstanding example of a professional law enforcement figure.

“I have many great memories of Deputy Ramos and so do many others at our office that will live on forever,” Welden said. “Not only did he serve DeKalb County with true professionalism and patriotism, he served this county in the same manner. Men like this nowadays are hard to come by. I'm glad the Lord blessed me and allowed me to know such a fine man. God bless.”

Funeral services were held for Ramos last Friday at Rainsville Funeral Home with burial following in Broadway Cemetery.

He was survived by:

Wife, Joyce W. Ramos of Rainsville, Alabama

Daughters, Carol R. Kirkpatrick and husband Travis of Miami, Florida, Susan R. Gonzales and husband Antonio of Harlingen, Texas, and Jamie H. Connolly and husband Josh of Rainsville, Alabama

Son, James R. Holcomb and wife Raven of Memphis, Tennessee

Brothers, David Ramos of Salinas, California, and Richard Ramos and wife Paula of Morgan Hill, California

Sisters, Nancy R. Webster of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Janet Ramos of San Rafael, California

Grandchildren, Anastacia, Samantha, Fisher

Great-Grandchild: Ella

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Katelyn and his parents, René and Lucy Ramos.

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