HALL COUNTY, Ga. — A visitation is being held Sunday before a funeral on Monday for a Hall County deputy who died of COVID-19 this week.
Chris Bachelor, who served as a school resource officer with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, was 42 years old.
Principal Mike McQueen of C.W. Davis Middle School, where Bachelor had been assigned for six years, said there were "no words to express the heartbreak and sadness we feel at this time" and that the deputy had "loved Davis Middle School and our community, and always served both with a smile."
Bachelor is survived by his wife Heather and daughter Reagan.
The sheriff's office announced this week that Bachelor's family will hold a visitation for friends at the Little & Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
On Monday, his funeral will be held at 3 p.m. at Christ Place Church.
A second visitation will also be held Monday at the church in the hour before the funeral.
The family is requesting that everyone who comes to pay their respects wear a mask.
They are also asking for contributions to be made to a 529 college fund account set up for his daughter, in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made here with the code U5B-26R.
Those who wish to post condolences online can also do so at Little Davenport's website.
"Chris was a kind-hearted and soft spoken man. He always looked out for people in need and dedicated himself to protecting people and making sure his family, community, and the students at C.W. Davis middle school were safe," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook. "Chris was a devoted husband and father and will be sorely missed by his entire family and community... Heather and Reagan would like to thank everyone for their support during this time and would especially like to thank Hall County Sheriff’s office for going above and beyond for their family in blue!"