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Sheriff remembers Dorchester County Captain found dead

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A Dorchester County Sheriffs Office Captain was found dead in Georgetown County Monday afternoon.

Jimmy, Popa as he was affectionately known by his granddaughter, spent his entire 44 years in Dorchester County. He dedicated some 24 to law enforcement. According to Sheriff LC Knight, his work leaves the county better than it already was.

"If you put him on a job it turned into a mission. He followed up on that mission and gave you his very best," Sheriff Knight told News 2.

He served under four sheriffs and for the Town of Summerville. In his final role, he supervised narcotics units, crimes scene investigations, criminal investigation, and victim advocates.

"A lot of families would still call him even after their hardship. He would have that loyalty to stay in touch with them and make them as comfortable as he could."

 According to the Georgetown County Coroner, Captain James Nettles was found dead off of Ten Acre Road outside of Andrews. Officials say Nettles went hunting around 7:00 Monday morning and then failed to respond to text messages or phone calls sent by his friend.

He was 44 years old.

"He was a young man," Sheriff Knight said. "He still had a lot of life ahead of him. It's just been cut short."

Nettles' body was found around 4:00 p.m. Monday. It appears he died of natural causes.

Funeral arrangements have been made at Parks Funeral Home in Summerville. The viewing is Thursday night between 5:00 and 8:00 PM.  The funeral is set for Friday and 11AM.

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