Beloved Holmes County Sheriff John Braxton remembered

Sheriff John Hayward Braxton


Long time law enforcement officer and former Holmes County Sheriff John H. Braxton, passed away on July 21, at the age of 86.


Braxton served two terms as Sheriff of Holmes County from 1988 to 1997, after serving as chief deputy for four years. Braxton also served for 21 years for the Florida Highway Patrol.


The Florida Sheriff’s Association honored Braxton with the Distinguished Service award for his contributions to professional law enforcement.


Holmes County Sheriff John Tate says Braxton was a people’s sheriff.

‘He was a very hands-on sheriff,’ said Tate. ‘He was much loved by the citizens for his fairness and respect for the law. He had the respect of the men that served with him as well, he was a cop’s cop.’


Tate attributes his upbringing in law enforcement to Braxton, calling him his mentor.

‘We are forever grateful for Sheriff Braxton’s lifelong dedication to his community, as well his guidance and friendship through the years,’ said Tate.

Braxton leaves not only a legacy of being the consummate lawman, he also leaves a legacy through his son, Holmes County Sheriff’s Investigator John ‘Sodie’ Braxton Jr. who has been in law enforcement for more than two decades.


Braxton was a lifelong resident of Westville and is survived by his son John H. ‘Sodie’ Braxton Jr., daughter, Rebecca Dowling, seven grandchildren and much extended family.


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