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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame member Howard 'Slick' Alfred passes away

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Retired Texas Ranger Howard "Slick" Alfred, 80, passed away Thursday morning.

Alfred was a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, after serving as a Texas Ranger from September 1970 until 1986 when he announced a run for Sheriff of Henderson County.

In 1987 Alfred indeed became sheriff of Henderson County, where he remained until his retirement twelve years later.

Alfred was born in Tyler in 1933. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1951, and joined the Air Force the following year. He remained in the Air Force until 1956.

He then went to school to become a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and was stationed with the Highway Patrol in the Longview and Kilgore areas. He became a Texas Ranger in Athens, Texas, in 1970.

Alfred is quoted as saying in an interview found here, "It wasn't anything but great for me. I wouldn't swap my career for anything else I can think of right now."

The cause of Alfred's death has not been released; arrangements are pending.

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