Longtime Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson has died after a long battle with cancer. Current Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade announced the death in a statement on Facebook.
“It’s with great sadness that Sheriff Larry Amerson passed away tonight after a strong battle against cancer,” Wade said. “Sheriff was a great Godly man that invested in me and my family. I could never find the words to accurately describe how much he means to me. He believed in me when I didn’t and he didn’t give up on me when I had. I was very lucky to be his friend.”
“For those of you that was one of Larry’s Boys, you are better for it,” Wade continued. “He cared for the people of Calhoun County with a deep passion. Being Sheriff was his biggest accomplishment professionally, but he always counted his family as the best thing in his life.”
“The sheriff would want each of you to know the saving power of Jesus,” Wade concluded. “While I am sad, his strong belief in Jesus is why I know this is just until we meet again. Godspeed Sheriff, I love you very much!”
Amerson was elected as Calhoun County sheriff in 1994. He served six terms.
The service for Amerson was Saturday, Dec. 5, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Due to COVID-19, the service was family only but was live-streamed for Amerson’s many friends to watch from Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s Facebook page.
Anniston Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and can help with sending flowers if you wish. Amerson was a staunch advocate for the Calhoun County Children’s Center, and the family requests donations made to them in his name.