A Major at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department will be departing, as his career that started in 1983 comes to an end.
Major David South, who graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1980 and worked in the automotive business delivering motors parts from houses, first started patrolling Jacksonville streets in January of 1983.
In 1983, there were only three businesses that stayed open 24/7, which were The Kettle Diner, Midville Gulf and Bojangles next to Jacksonville Police Department at that time.
After already being rejected by Jacksonville Police Department for a patrol position, South applied for a position at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department. South was only 20 years old when he was told that he would be an Onslow County Sheriff’s Deputy.
On November 22, 1989, South ended nearly seven years with the Sheriff’s Office. He removed his badge and put away his firearm and resigned due to personal reasons.
On March 31, 19999, South returned back to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office after working for Roadway Package Systems for more than nine years.
On March 28 at 3 p.m., South was honored on the second floor of the Onslow County Justice Complex.South was presented with two custom-made shadow boxes containing his law enforcement patches and pins, a wall-mounted clock and a beguiling looking, inflatable Bozo the Clown punching bag.