Drew County Chief Deputy Sheriff Robin Hood passed away on Wednesday. He was 71.

He was a Drew County native, a 1962 graduate of Monticello High School, and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He received a theology degree from Central Baptist College and a degree in counseling from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He was an ordained minister and a Mason.

An accomplished musician who played several stringed instruments as well as the piano, Hood was well known throughout Southeast Arkansas for his gospel music ministry.

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker ordered the flag of the City of Monticello to be flown at half staff in Hood’s memory. It will remain at half-staff until sundown on July 18, the day of his funeral.

“Hood served the Monticello area on the Monticello Police Department and then on the Drew County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years,” Tucker said in a news release. “His years of service was greatly appreciated and I will be eternally grateful for his friendship and service for the community.”

Funeral services for Mr. Hood will be held on June 18 at 2 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Visitation is June 17 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.