Pacolet Police and Law Enforcement

Over the years, the Pacolet area has been fortunate to have had a number of dedicated, conscientious policemen and law enforcement individuals working to protect it. Listed below are the names of some of those individuals. Where known, some information is given about the person. Unfortunately, at this time, all I know about most of these men is their names and I do not know that even for the most recent policemen. I ask you to send me information about the men listed and the names of the ones that I have left off. Please send to Pacolet Police.

In the 1930's, 1940's and  1950's
Haskell Burgess

Richard Byars

Grady Carter

Sgt. Billy Fallaw - Sgt. Billy Fallaw was active in the Pacolet area. However, he was not a local policeman but was with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in the Public Relations and Safety Education Division. There are probably many people all over the state of South Carolina who avoided being in an automobile accident due to the untiring work of Sgt. Fallaw. During the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s he traveled all over the state giving demonstrations and speeches encouraging traffic safety. He spoke at schools, churches and civic organizations. At Pacolet High School, he would first speak to the student body in the auditorium. And then he would get down to the real world and take us all out to the highway that ran in front of the school.

He had a patrol car that was fitted out with three pistols that would each fire a yellow paint marker down onto the highway. He had a student volunteer drive the car. He had the driver go down the road at about 45 mile an hour. Sgt. Fallaw fired the first pistol. This was the signal for the driver to apply his brakes and try to stop the car. When the brakes were applied, the second pistol was fired. When the car stopped, the third pistol was fired. Those three paint marks, a long way apart on the highway, showed reaction time and stopping distance far better than anything in a book or a lecture.  The paint marks weren’t theory.

Sgt. Fallaw was also in charge of training the student school bus drivers for Pacolet High School and other Spartanburg County High schools in the early 1950’s. He was a serious, no nonsense instructor and paid attention to every detail of driving the buses, especially, about safety.

Sgt. Fallaw had an expression that has stuck with me over all these years. It was something like:
When driving, you can make a decision and be “dead right”. However, if it is the wrong decision, “You will be just as dead as if you had been wrong.”

John W. Henry - John W. Henry was a remarkable man. He was a neighbor and good friend of my Dad and my family for many years. He was employed by the U.S. Treasury as a Special Investigator with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department. He also served as Assistant Supervisor and Acting Super- visor for South Carolina. Mr. Henry was born on May 19, 1918, at Cowpens, South Carolina, the son of Samuel M. and Irene Webster Henry. He passed away on May7, 1985. He lived in Spartanburg from age 4, attending Southside Grammar School. He graduated from Frank Evans High School and Wofford College, and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. From May 1942 until November 1945 he served in the U.S. Air Force, and retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He held a MAT degree from Converse College. He was Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Spartanburg Methodist College from its inception until his retirement in 1982. From 1978 until 1982 he was mayor of Pacolet. Mr. Henry also was one of the first water commissioners for the town of Pacolet and was instrumental in establishing the town water system.

Mr. Henry’s father, Mr. Sam Henry, was the sheriff of Spartanburg County for a number of years.

Mr. Henry was married to the former Miriam Smoak, of Pacolet. Their daughter, Cecilia H. Mims, lives in Myrtle Beach; they have a granddaughter and a grandson.

Herbert Jones

Jessie Patrick

Jack Petty

Richard (Dick) Wells - (Rudy Lumpkin remembers this about Mr. Wells.)

Dick Wells was the police officer at Pacolet 1955-1960. He drove a 49 Ford with a red light in the center of the front grill.
He lived between Pacolet and Union. His favorite stopping place was Jesse Allen's store near Hart's Drive-In.
Also, he and Jesse Allen cooked hash to sell on Friday and Saturdays .

Tom West
Since 1960

Bobby Bryant

Eddie Burkholder

Bobby Joe Gibson

David Mathers

Joe Moon

Clarence P. McGee - Mr. McGee was the only Pacolet policeman ever killed in the line of duty. He was slain in an argument with a local farmer in July, 1963.

Raymond Rhinehart

Tim Schulz

David Tripp

James H. Wyatt

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