Monroe County, TN Sheriff's Department
Deputy Sheriff
Charlie E. Ray

Charlie E. Ray
husband of
Ella Ray
Born Dec. 19, 1864
Died Apr. 21, 1892

Deputy Sheriff Charlie E. Ray
End of Watch: Thursday, April 21, 1892

Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 2 yr

Deputy Ray was shot on Saturday, April 2, 1892
while he, 15 other deputies, and the Sheriff 
were trying to arrest the Murphy Boys.  The 
Murphys, who were considered desperadoes and 
fugitives, were wanted for the murder of two 
men about the first of April. There were also 
several other deaths that the Murphys were 
charged with.

The squad of deputies entered the mountains on 
April 1.  They found the Murphys about dark the 
next day, April 2.  At this time, a battle began 
in which Deputy Ray was shot in the head.  Deputy 
Ray was left lying out all night without medical 
attention to the severe wound to his head.  It was 
believed that had Deputy Ray received prompt care, 
he probably would have survived.  He died from the 
wounds on Thursday, April 21, 1892.

Another posse was formed to go after the Murphys 
again, but further detail is unknown.

Burial was in the Madisonville City Cemetery, Monroe
County, Tennessee.

Information from:
- New Era Newspaper, Warren Co., TN 
     Thursday, May 5, 1892

- Maryville Times, Wednesday, April 20, 1892

Deputy Sheriff Thomas
S. Blair

Deputy Sheriff Thomas
S. Blair's Grave

Deputy Sheriff Thomas S. Blair
End of Watch: Sunday, January 29, 1911

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 2 yr

Deputy Blair was shot and killed after breaking
up a disturbance in a local tavern.  While in 
Tellico Plains, Deputy Blair and another man were 
going to take a train to the lumber camps in the 
mountains but Deputy Blair missed the train. As he 
was walking back to his home he heard an altercation
in Cline's Pool Room.  After breaking up the 
disturbance, one of the men argued with Blair and 
without warning pulled a revolver and then shot him 
in the head.

Deputy Blair had been with the agency for two years 
and was survived by his wife and four children.

Burial was in New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian
Church Cemetery, Monroe Co., TN.

Information from:
- Monroe County, TN Heritage Book - 1819-1997.

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Deputy Sheriff James "Jim" Crowe
End of Watch: ca 1920's

Age: ?
Tour of Duty: ?

At this time, little information is known about Deputy 
Crowe.  According to Monroe County, TN death records,
J. S. Crowe was shot and killed on July 23, 1920.
This J. S. Crowe was buried in Unaka Baptist Church
Cemetery, Cherokee County, North Carolina.

If anyone has any information concerning the death of
Deputy Crowe, please e-mail me at [email protected].


Sheriff James Pinkney Kennedy

Sheriff James Pinkney Kennedy's Grave

Sheriff James Pinkney Kennedy
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 19, 1930

Age: 47

Sheriff Kennedy was accidentally shot around 2:15am 
while responding to a report of a burglary at the 
Madisonville Wholesale Grocery Company's store where 
there had been a string of burglaries.  The store 
manager, who had made the report, mistook Sheriff 
Kennedy for the robber and fired his gun twice.  Both 
shots hitting the sheriff and instantly killing him.  

His wife and 13 children survived him.

Burial was in the Madisonville City Cemetery, Monroe
County, Tennessee.

Information from:
- Monroe County, TN Democrat Newspaper 
     March 19, 1930.

Deputy Sheriff Ollie Harrill

Deputy Sheriff Ollie Harrill's Grave

Deputy Sheriff Ollie Harrill
End of Watch: Sunday, September 24, 1939

Deputy Harrill and another deputy were on a call 
to arrest a man on a "drunkenness charge" just 
north of Sweetwater.  The man struck both officers 
and then seized Deputy Harrill's pistol and shot 
him.  The other deputy was not seriously injured.

The man was arrested as well as his father.  The 
father was charged as an accessory to the killing.

Deputy Harrill had been a deputy sheriff for ten 
years.  He was survived by a daughter, two brothers, 
and three sisters.

Burial was in West View Cemetery, Sweetwater, TN.

Information from:
- Monroe County, TN Democrat Newspaper 
     September 27, 1939.

Chief Deputy Sheriff
Aaron Holmes (Big A) Mills

Chief Deputy Sheriff
Aaron Holmes (Big A) Mills's Grave

Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Holmes "Big A" Mills
End of Watch: Friday, June 30, 1950

Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 4 yr

Chief Deputy Mills was struck by a drunk driver on 
Friday, June 16, 1950.  He and two other officers 
were en route to serve an arrest warrant when they 
noticed a vehicle driving recklessly on the highway.
The officers stopped the vehicle and as they exited 
their patrol car, they were struck by an oncoming 
vehicle driven by a drunk driver. Chief Deputy Mills 
was transported to a local hospital, but died 
approximately two weeks later. The second deputy 
recovered from his injuries.  The driver was charged 
with drunk driving and manslaughter. 

Chief Deputy Mills had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and ten children. He was preceded in death by a son, George Lee Mills, and his parents George Washington & Ella Burris Mills. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery, Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee. Information from family members.

Deputy Sheriff Earl M. Taylor
Deputy Sheriff Earl M. Taylor
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 25, 1966
Age: 41

Deputy Taylor was shot to death with a shotgun
when he and Deputy John B. Wear went to deliver
a message to a lady whos aunt was sick, at a home
in Coker Creek.  The lady's husband, who had just
been released from the Eastern State Hospital, 
stepped out from the side of the house and fired 
striking Deputy Taylor.  It is believed that the
husband thought that Deputy Taylor was there to
arrest him.

Deputy Taylor was buried in the Coker Creek Baptist
Church Cemetery, Monroe County, TN.

Information from:
- Monroe County, TN Citizen Democrat June 1, 1966
- Monroe County, TN Citizen Democrat June 8, 1966

Sweetwater, TN Police Department
Patrolman James Loyd Stapp

Patrolman James Loyd Stapp's Grave
Patrolman James Loyd Stapp's Grave

Patrolman James Loyd Stapp
End of Watch: Sunday, January 16, 1977

Age: 59
Tour of Duty: 17 yr

Patrolman Stapp was shot and killed by a suspect 
with a 12-gauge shotgun. The man was sentenced to 
life and was denied parole in 2000.

Officer Stapp was buried in the Sweetwater Valley
Memorial Cemetery, Monroe County, TN.

Information from:
- Monroe County, TN Observer January 19, 1977
- Sweetwater Valley News January 19, 1977


Vonore, TN Police Department
Vonore Chief Walter Davie Green

Vonore Chief Walter Davie Green

Police Chief Walter Davie Green
End of Watch: Sunday, September 21, 1975

Chief Green was killed when his patrol car left
Hwy 411 and crashed during a high speed chase.
It was believed that the right front tire blew out,
causing the cruiser to leave the road at a speed
in excess of 125 mph.  The other driver escaped.

Chief Green had worked for the Monroe County, TN 
Sheriff's department as a dispatcher before becoming
Vonore Police Chief.  He was also retired from the
Army.

Chief Green was buried in the Little Tellico Baptist
Church Cemetery, Ballplay, Monroe County, TN.

Information from:
- Monroe County, TN Observer - September 24, 1975
- Monroe County, TN Democrat - September 3, 2004
- Sweetwater Valley News - September 25, 1975





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This page and images created by Cory D. Mills,
the grandson of Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Holmes "Big A" Mills.