Funeral planned for NC deputy who died after wasp sting

KENLY, NC (WNCN) — A funeral is planned for a longtime Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy from Johnston County who died after he was stung by a wasp on Friday.


Lieutenant Ray “Bull” Tomlinson, age 44, of Kenly was stung by a wasp while he was off duty on Friday, according to WITN-TV.

Lt. Tomlinson, who worked as a deputy for Wilson County for 23 years, suffered cardiac arrest and died, the TV station reported.

Tomlinson was married and leaves behind a son and step-children, according to his obituary

“We offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers,” the Wilson Police Department posted on Facebook.

“Please keep those who were close to him in your thoughts and prayers. He was a great man, an awesome law enforcement officer, and dear friend to us all.”

Lt. Tomlinson was a 1989 graduate of James B. Hunt High School in Wilson, according to his Facebook profile. He joined the Wilson Sheriff’s Department on his 21st birthday, his obituary said.

” ‘Bull’ was a loving husband, father, step-father, son, brother, uncle, and friend,” the obituary said.  ” ‘Bull’ was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He will be thought of often with memories that will bring smiles and warm the heart.”

His funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at the Kenly Pentecostal Holiness Church, 300 S. College Avenue, Kenly. The Rev. Daniel Rollins will officiate.

According to his obituary, flowers are welcome or memorials may be made in “Bull’s” honor to the National Law Enforcement Officers, Memorial Fund Office, 901 E Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025.

Joyner’s Funeral Home in Wilson is assisting the family.

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