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WAVERLY HALL, GA (WTVM) -

Former Waverly Hall police chief and Harris County Commissioner Wallace "Eddie" Marriner has died.

Marriner was the first African American police chief of Waverly Hall, and also served as a Harris County commissioner in the 1990's.

All flags in Waverly Hall were flying at half staff Thursday in honor of Marriner known by many as "Moses".

Reports indicate Marriner died of natural causes Wednesday afternoon.

He joined the Waverly Hall Police Department in 1975 and became the chief in 1980. Everyone in the community said they truly lost a great man that loved his neighbor.  

"There will never be another chief like Chief Marriner. Chief Marriner was loved by every individual in this town and I tell you, he loved all of us. Chief was good to everybody," Waverly Hall Mayor Rusty Bowden said.

Mayor Bowden said Marriner leaves behind a son and daughter-in-law who've helped take care of him as his health declined over the years.

"Thanks to them from the whole town of Waverly Hall for everything they've done for our chief," Bowden said.

Marriner was 76 years old.

Marriners body is currently at Cox Funeral home in Hamilton. Visiting hours will be Friday from 5- 7 p.m.  The funeral will be Saturday at 3p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church.

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