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Friends and coworkers remember Perry County Jailer Dexter Howard

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 7:52 PM EDT
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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 8/23/2020

Services for Dexter Howard are announced and will be at Engle-Bowling funeral home.

The visitation will be held Tuesday, August 25 from 6-9 p.m.

The funeral is Wednesday, August 26 at 12 p.m.

Update 8/22/2020: On Saturday, friends, coworkers, and inmates remembered the life and legacy of Perry County Jailer Dexter Howard.

“I was just devastated, not only did I lose a very close friend, but we lost a great asset for this community,” said Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander.

Friends describe Howard as kind, supportive and caring. Those qualities carried over to his job.

“He advocated for the people that was in jail, he loved his inmates, he loved his people in his community,” said Jail Administrator, Lonnie Brewer.

Kentucky River Regional Jail inmate, Choco, worked with Howard in the inmate work program.

“I said man, I couldn’t believe it could happen to somebody like that,” said Choco.

Howard had a close relationship with his inmates and often bought them food.

“He’d actually buy a pop out of his pocket, you know, to help us out,” added Choco.

Choco only has a few days remaining at the jail and credits Howard with helping him get out.

“Let me do a lot of my job skills and showed me how to be a better guy, you know, he like led me you know,” said Choco.

Howard even helped Choco grow in his faith.

“Every morning before we go to work, we’d all pray and hold hands, you know, protect us for the day,” added Choco.

Original Story 8/21/2020:

The Perry County Jailer died as a result of a car crash Friday evening.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office tells WYMT that Perry County Jailer Dexter Howard was driving near Wendell Ford Airport when he lost control of his vehicle and drove over an embankment and died as a result of his injuries.

He was 70 years old.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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