Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

A long line of patrol vehicles from the Newton County Sheriff's Office was in front of East Ridge Community Church on Friday afternoon as a show of respect for Deputy Jimmy Byrd. A 31-year veteran of the sheriff's office, Byrd's fellow officers also paid tribute to him by flying the flag at the Newton County Law Enforcement Center at half-staff. Byrd died Tuesday and funeral services were held Friday.