Surry County Sheriff's Office


Surry County North Carolina


Sheriff Jimmy D. Combs

Deputy James “Jimmy” Billups Trevathan

In honor and memory of

Deputy James “Jimmy” Billups Trevathan

Born April 9, 1925

Deputy Trevathan was sworn as a Deputy with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office on December 3, 1962.

On June 3, 1963 Deputy Trevathan attempted to stop a suspect vehicle from a hit and run accident that had just occurred. Deputy initiated a traffic stop which lead to a pursuit. The pursuit ended on Lovers Lane in the Flatrock Community of Surry County.

The driver of the suspect vehicle exited his vehicle and shot Deputy Trevathan twice.

Despite being mortally wounded Deputy Trevathan returned fire striking the suspect once, paralyzing him.

Deputy Trevathan left behind a wife and three small children.

In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

May God bless the soul of Deputy James Trevathan and the lives of those he left behind.