BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Gary Hargrove, former long-time coroner for Harrison County, has died after battling an illness.
He served 24 years as coroner and almost a year ago, he decided to retire to spend more time with his loved ones.
Throughout his career, he worked diligently around the clock. Day or night, he headed swiftly to the scene and investigated the cause of death or confirmed an unknown person’s identity. He was there, and for over two decades, Harrison County relied on his expertise.
Among the cases that stood out in Hargrove’s career, Hurricane Katria was a definite contender. According to Hargrove in a previous interview, 97 people were found dead in Harrison County, and they were able to identify all but two by the end of December.
The Harrison County Board of Supervisors released the following statement regarding Hargrove’s passing:
For more than 20 years, Gary Hargrove faithfully served Harrison County as its elected coroner. 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.
He will be remembered for his service and hard work.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Jan. 23 at Riemann Family Funeral Home at Three Rivers Road, followed by a service at Evergreen Cemetery.