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Photos: Scenes from the funeral for former GBI director Robbie Hamrick
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Georgia State Troopers carry James Robert "Robbie" Hamrick from McDonald and Son Funeral Home as they leave on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. - photo by Jim Dean

On Sunday, a funeral was held for James Robert "Robbie" Hamrick at McDonald and Son Funeral Home, the longtime county, state and national law enforcement fixture.

Hamrick, 78, of Carrollton, passed on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 11. 

Hamrick began his career at the Georgia Department of Public Safety in 1959 and went on to serve in a number of different key law enforcement positions before his eventual two-decade directorship of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In 1993 after 35 years of service, Hamrick retired from the GBI.

In 2001, Hamrick re-entered the world of law enforcement when he was appointed Chief Deputy of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Ted Paxton, a position he would hold for more than 12 years until his retirement in 2012.