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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


February 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Darrell Avery

Darrell Avery
Food Srvc Mgr III
Hutchins State Jail

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is related to the COVID-19 virus.

55-year-old Darrell Avery, Food Service Manager III at the Hutchins State Jail, died from complications with COVID-19 on Sunday, February 6, 2022.

Mr. Avery began his TDCJ career in 2014 as a Correctional Officer at the Powledge Unit and later promoted to the Food Service Manager III at the Hutchins State Jail.

“Mr. Avery was a dedicated employee of TDCJ and we are grateful for his service,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He was an integral member of our TDCJ community and we extend our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and co-workers at the Hutchins State Jail.”

He tested positive for COVID-19 on January 4, 2022, and he was admitted to Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas on January 16, 2022. His condition deteriorated over the last couple of weeks before his passing on February 6, 2022.

Senior Warden Fredrick Merida at the Hutchins State Jail said, “Darrell Avery was an outstanding correctional professional who was well-liked by all of his co-workers. He was dependable and took great pride in always doing the job right. His absence will be felt by everyone who knew him and his impact at the Hutchins State Jail will be felt for many years to come. He will be greatly missed.”

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