Johnnie E. Umphlet Jr.

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Johnnie E. Umphlet, Jr.
Greenville
Johnnie E. Umphlet, Jr., 45, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2 pm at First Presbyterian Church.
Johnnie was raised in Rocky Mount, NC, and graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High in 1985. After graduating from East Carolina University with a Criminal Justice degree in 1989, he was employed with the Greenville Police Department, the NC Department of Probation/Parole, and the ECU Police Department.
In 1998, Johnnie became a Special Agent with the NC State Bureau of Investigation having served in the Northwestern and Northeastern Districts. While with the SBI, Johnnie became a Certified K-9 handler and was assigned his K-9 partner "Earl". They were part of the national ATF response team of arson investigators. He served on the statewide Special Response Tactical Team and assisted with instruction of law enforcement officers. In 2007, he advanced to Assistant Special Agent in Charge assigned to the Special Investigations Unit/Professional Standards Division.
In March 2009, Johnnie left the SBI to work as a Police Mentor assigned to the National Police Command Center with DynCorp International in Afghanistan. He became a Senior Compliance Investigator with DynCorp International representing their Compliance Organization throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He resided in Dubai and traveled into Afghanistan, Jordan, Kuwait, and Israel. During his career with DynCorp International, he was greatly affected by his experiences and they impacted his life and love of his family.
He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church having served as youth advisor and became an ordained Elder. In Dubai, he became an active member of the Fellowship of the Emirates Church. His faith remained strong and helped him face his life overseas during extended time away from family and friends. Johnnie was known for his instant friendship, kind heart, never ending smile, laughter, and tales of his adventures in law enforcement touching the lives of many people at home and abroad.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Chris Sessoms Umphlet and daughter, Kaitlyn of Greenville; parents Johnnie and Nancy Umphlet of Rocky Mount; sisters Debbie Bone and Rena Sherrod and their families of Rocky Mount; Parents in law Ron and Peggy Sessoms of Greenville; brother in law Ron Sessoms, Jr of Greenville. He also leaves behind Earl and Sampson, canine family members.
The family will receive friends Monday, March 19, 2012 from 5-8 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the by going online to http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/johnnieumphletjr; The National K-9 Working Dog, Inc. online at http://www.nationalk-9work ingdog.org/donate ; or to First Presbyterian Church, Attn: Sacred Garden Columbarium 1400 South Elm Street Greenville, NC 27858.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com
Published in The News & Observer from Mar. 11 to Mar. 18, 2012
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