LITTLE ROCK — Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence died Friday after a battle with cancer.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a statement Friday, “For more than a decade, Sheriff Tate Lawrence has made it his mission to dutifully protect and serve the people of Izard County. He had the respect of his deputies and staff and the gratitude of his neighbors.

“From Melbourne to Calico Rock to Horseshoe Bend, nobody questioned the commitment of Sheriff Lawrence even during his battle with cancer. My prayers are with his wife, Sherry, family, friends and the many individuals he touched throughout Izard County,” she said.