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Joseph Linnen

May 17, 1929 ~ June 15, 2019 (age 90)


“Remembering the life, death and legacy of a Public Servant, Law Enforcement Officer, Peacemaker and our fallen hero Captain Joseph B. Linnen Sr.”
  Joseph “Joe” Linnen, Sr. 90, was born May 17, 1929 in Burton, South Carolina, the Son of Abraham and Mary Brown Linnen. He received his primary education in the Beaufort County School System. Joe’s and Rosa Lee were owners and operators of the popular Linnen’s Restaurant. 
Joseph Linnen, Sr. was former acting chief and assistant chief promoted to Captain and placed in charge of Community Relations and Maintenance for the City of Beaufort Police Department. During his tenure with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department “Joe” Linnen was assigned to the Civil Division, serving Civil Process throughout Beaufort County. He served in both the Beaufort Police Department and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office from 1950-1987 and retired as Captain. 
“Joe” Linnen became Beaufort’s first full time African American Police Officer. His career in Law enforcement spanned more than 50 years.
“Joe” Linnen was a pioneer, highly respected in the low country, a gentle giant, with an ample smile, a presence like no other and a gentleman in every sense of the word.
On Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Sprenger Health Care in Port Royal, SC. “Joe” made his transition to his heavenly home. 
He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Mrs. Rosa Lee Stokes-Linnen of Beaufort SC. Together with his wife, the two formed a blended family of children. He also leaves to cherish his memories his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He will be missed by other relatives, and friends.

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