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Deputys funeral Thursday
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James Michael Lord - photo by Submitted


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A funeral procession is planned Thursday afternoon for a veteran Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy who died Monday while on duty.

James Michael Lord, 56, of Dawsonville, died of an apparent heart attack while transporting an inmate from Forsyth County Magistrate Court to the jail.

Lord’s funeral was scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Cumming.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Hoffman said a funeral procession will travel through downtown Cumming sometime between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m.

“Please be patient and courteous and we’ll get through as quickly as possible,” he said.

Hoffman estimated that anywhere from 50 to 100 law enforcement vehicles will be involved in the procession, which will travel down Ga. 400 to
Green Lawn Cemetery in Roswell.

Lord will be buried with police honors.

Hoffman said the Roswell Police Department’s motorcycle unit will also participate.

“We’ve coordinated with the city of Cumming, Georgia State Patrol, Alpharetta and Roswell,” he said.

Lord had worked for the sheriff’s office since 2000. He is the first local deputy to die on the job since 2003, when Sgt. David Land was killed in a motorcycle crash en route to an emergency call.

Fellow sheriff’s deputy Bill Keeton said Lord, his friend of 38 years, will be greatly missed. He described Lord as “one of those great, great kinds of guys that everybody liked.”

Keeton said Lord was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed taking road trips on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Before coming to the sheriff’s office, Lord worked for 20 years for General Motors, as well as for the Roswell and Alpharetta police departments. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

According to his obituary, Lord was a longtime member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Johns Creek.

Lord is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jason Michael Lord and Amber Lord, and granddaughter, Addison Lord, all of Dawsonville, as well as other relatives.

The family will receive friends from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at McDonald and Son Funeral Home on Sawnee Drive.