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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

December 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Harold Smith

Harold Smith
CO IV Harold Smith

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

77-year-old Correctional Officer IV Harold Smith had five and a half years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Jordan Unit in Pampa. He tested positive for COVID-19 on November 30, 2020 and was admitted to an Amarillo hospital December 9, 2020. He passed away in the morning hours of December 15, 2020.

“Harold Smith is an example of what it means to serve, joining the agency after retirement age,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He always wore a smile and was dedicated to his agency. All members of the TDCJ are sending their thoughts and prayers to the Smith family during this difficult time.”

“Officer Smith did not just serve Texas, he served close to home as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #501 in Panhandle,” said Correctional Institutions Division Director Bobby Lumpkin. “Harold Smith loved reading and the history of the railroad system. He was well liked and known for always being ready for a good conversation. Officer Smith will not be forgotten.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had twenty-seven employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.